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Most days we feel like a young community built around schools and sporting activities. I am a 1961 baby boomer who is now starting to think about other issues like housing and aging.
Reconciliation…Buzz word? Action? A destination? What makes it one or the other? It’s a place on the map called home.
A safe, secure, and affordable home is important for the well-being of all Canadian households and, in particular, enables marginalized groups to thrive in their communities. But what happens when housing – that most critical of foundations – is unaffordable?
“Resilience” is a buzzword often used by government entities to suggest the ability of non-market housing providers to rely more on own-source revenue, but in the current policy environment in Ontario it is hollow.
At Indwell, we get a call almost every day. The calls come in from municipal governments, faith groups and from not-for-profits. They are calling us because they are desperate for us to provide affordable and supportive housing to their communities.
Canada has a lot to learn from the rest of the world. We are not the first country to go through the expiry of long-term government operating agreements for the community housing sector – in fact, we are one of the last wealthy countries to do so.