Aug. 20, 2021

Habitat for Humanity Canada adds voice to Vote Housing campaign

At Habitat for Humanity Canada, we believe that everyone has the right to a safe and decent place to live, and that it benefits all of society when they do. We know that stable housing transforms futures, strengthens communities, and fosters resiliency and stability that can transcend generations. That’s why we’re going beyond the build, to advocate for affordable housing and affordable homeownership in Canada. We are committed to strong partnerships, including with our local Habitat’s and volunteers, governments, with other affordable housing advocates, and with communities at most risk, including people who are newcomers, racialized, and Indigenous, on and off Traditional Territories, to tackle the housing crisis in this country.

As part of that commitment, Habitat Canada is pleased to endorse the Vote Housing campaign, connecting with others to urge all political parties to pledge bold investments in affordable housing and ending homelessness.

“It is essential that we and our affordable housing colleagues join together on this critical issue” says Julia Deans, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada. “Participating in this campaign advances our goal to help mobilize national support to address housing challenges in Canada and will help us smooth the pathway to safe and secure housing for more families and individuals.”

The Vote Housing campaign unites housing and homelessness advocates from across the housing spectrum, from shelters to affordable homeownership, in a way that has not been done before. We are pleased to add Habitat Canada’s voice to a robust call to address homelessness and core housing need, while continuing to smooth the path to stability and self-reliance through our affordable homeownership program.

“Habitat for Humanity volunteers, staff, leaders and families have played a vital and valued leadership role in responding to Canada’s housing crisis for decades, at the local, national and international level,” says Tim Richter, President and CEO from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, a found partner of the Vote Housing campaign. “As a long time Habitat volunteer and supporter, I’m thrilled to have Habitat’s collective voice join the Vote Housing Campaign. Together, we can keep Canada’s housing and homelessness crisis front and centre in the upcoming federal election and ensure it is a priority for the next federal government.”

The need for ongoing investments in affordable housing is not going away and must remain top of mind for Canadians and all political parties.

To learn more and to pledge to #VoteHousing, visit www.votehousing.ca.

Alana Lavoie
National Director of Government Relations
Habitat for Humanity Canada