United Ways across the country are celebrating the announcement of the new National Housing Strategy (NHS).

This strategy represents a big advocacy win for the national movement and the NHC – an alliance of non-profit and private housing associations and major foundations – who proposed four major pillars for government action that were adopted in the recently announced strategy:

  • Adopt a national goal to end homelessness within 10 years – and launch a pan-Canadian initiative to make it happen.
  • Develop a national housing benefit that provides direct financial assistance to renters, moving households out of poverty and providing them with more choice and autonomy.
  • Maintain and increase the supply of rental housing that is affordable across the country through innovative financing and equity tools.
  • Provide leadership and resources to strengthen and renew our existing social housing to ensure it remains physically sound and financially viable.