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In Canada, just over 10 per cent of households live in housing that is unaffordable, unsuitable or inadequate, and they cannot afford alternative housing in their community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada’s National Housing Strategy: Is it really addressing homelessness and affordability?

Halfway through its 10-year mandate to address issues like affordability and homelessness, the National Housing Strategy is providing little benefit for the vast majority of vulnerable households.
Art installation ‘Liverpool, Love of My Life’ by Chila Kumari Burman, part of the city’s 2021 River of Light trail. Peter Byrne/PA/Alamy

Liverpool’s unsung COVID heroes: how the city’s arts scene became a life support network

New research shows the region’s arts organisations were a critical source of support for vulnerable people during lockdown
Tents line the sidewalk on East Hastings Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Cities like Vancouver should not clear encampments when people have nowhere else to go. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

If cities don’t want homeless encampments they should help people, not punish them

Cities are clearing homeless encampments, sometimes violently, without providing those who live there any alternatives. Long-term solutions are needed to help people off the streets.
Older adults experiencing homelessness and housing insecurities are some of those most impacted by climate change. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Better emergency preparedness can protect older adults from climate change

Governments and organizations must listen to older adults’ experiences with extreme heat, flooding and wildfire smoke to create effective policies and programs
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Giving ex-prisoners public housing cuts crime and re-incarceration – and saves money

Finding stable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing prison leavers. Access to public housing has been found to flatten the curve on rates of recidivism.

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