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Housing Policy for Tomorrow’s Cities, Hulchanski 2002

Housing Policy for Tomorrow’s Cities, Hulchanski 2002

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Today, Canada has the most private-sector-dominated, market-based housing system of any Western nation (including the United States, where intervention on behalf of homeowners is extensive) and the smallest social housing sector of any major Western nation (except for the United States). Canada spends only about one percent of its budget on programs and subsidies for all the social housing ever built across the country (about half a million units).

Addressing the current situation would require five types of programs. First, in social housing supply, capital subsidies are required to bring down the overall rent levels. Second, rent supplements can make housing affordable for very low-income households. The other three programs would address the housing needs of people requiring supportive housing, the rehabilitation of ageing housing, and assistance for people who are homeless. These five programs would make great progress in alleviating the more severe aspects of Canada’s housing problem, yet they would likely require only about another one percent of annual federal
spending.
Today, Canada has the most private-sector-dominated, market-based housing system of any Western nation (including the United States, where intervention on behalf of homeowners is extensive) and the smallest social housing sector of any major Western nation (except for the United States). Canada spends only about one percent of its budget on programs and subsidies for all the social housing ever built across the country (about half a million units).

Addressing the current situation would require five types of programs. First, in social housing supply, capital subsidies are required to bring down the overall rent levels. Second, rent supplements can make housing affordable for very low-income households. The other three programs would address the housing needs of people requiring supportive housing, the rehabilitation of ageing housing, and assistance for people who are homeless. These five programs would make great progress in alleviating the more severe aspects of Canada’s housing problem, yet they would likely require only about another one percent of annual federal
spending.

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Housing Policy forTomorrow’s Cities
J. David Hulchanski
Discussion Paper F|27Family NetworkDecember 2002
 
Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc. (CPRN)
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Housing Policy for Tomorrow’s Cities
ByJ. David Hulchanski
December 2002
© 2002 Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc.

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