WHEREAS affordable housing has many different interpretations, any meaningful definition must reflect local community needs ranging from accessible social housing through rental apartments and houses to low-income and middle-income family homes; and
WHEREAS access to affordable quality housing is a first step in reducing poverty, hunger and homelessness; and
WHEREAS affordable housing for young families is an important step to commence a middle income life style with improved health and wellness and which allows children to more fully benefit from the education system; and
WHEREAS government leadership is necessary to ensure that a range of housing types and designs are available to meet the needs of all Canadians including new immigrants, off-reserve aboriginal Canadians and those with special needs such as financially insecure seniors, the physically and mentally challenged, the homeless and low income Canadians; and
WHEREAS the LPC at its 2012 convention adopted a priority resolution calling for development of a comprehensive national housing strategy, based on government/industry collaboration, that includes social, low income, co-op and middle income housing and recognises the need for greater access to rental units; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED that a Liberal government establish an expert working group with representation from all levels of government, industry, social planning groups and independent experts to implement the 2012 policy resolution #46a; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Liberal government will provide sustainable and predictable funding in support of such a National Housing Strategy both initially and in the long term.
Senior Liberals’ Commission