The federal election campaign period is an ideal opportunity to profile the importance of affordable housing.
The Housing for All Network is made up of dozens of national, regional, and local groups and associations located throughout Canada, all aiming to make affordable and social housing a federal election issue in 2015. The Network supports the development of a national housing strategy, the recognition that housing is a human right, and federal re-investment in housing.
The Network’s website will be updated during the campaign period to track advocacy. As well, the site is also useful for accessing tools such as information on how to engage your federal election candidates on this issue, pertinent statistics, case studies and reports. Check it out and tweet with #VoteHousing4all and get involved.
Municipalities can also use the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) resources. Last year, FCM launched a national campaign entitled Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch that profiles how housing prices and record levels of household debt are reducing the possibility of home ownership for many families and placing pressure on the already crowded rental market and affordable housing units. FCM’s site includes statistics about Alberta—that can be used for your advocacy on housing issues.