DECENT AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING SHOULD BE A RIGHT.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24 2018

 

EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE AN AFFORDABLE AND DECENT HOME

 

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD — This week, the NDP asked Justin Trudeau to take immediate action to deal with the housing crisis and bring relief to people in Salaberry-Suroît and Canadians everywhere. The New Democrats want the Liberal Government to include new measures in the next federal budget.

 

“Decent and affordable housing should be a right. But for too many families, this kind of accommodation is out of reach because of rent hikes, evictions and the expensive housing market, says NDP member of parliament Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît). After decades of cuts and three years of inaction from the Liberal Government, people are having a hard time making ends meet and spend a bigger and bigger chunk of their income on basic housing costs.”

 

A study published by housing organization FRAPRU[1] shows that in Quebec, rents have been rising more quickly than income for the last 35 years, and that the number of households that spend more than 30% of their income on rent has doubled. This percentage rises to 40% for elderly people in rental accommodation, and to 50% for single people. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield has a large rental population (approximately 8,000 households). Almost 40% of these households spend over 30% of their income on rent and 14% of them pay more than 50%.

 

The New Democrats believe that Canada is in the midst of a housing crisis and that people need solutions right now. The NDP is asking the Trudeau Government to take simple steps that bring relief to families in need, such as investing in half a million decent and affordable housing units over the next ten years, offering a rent subsidy to people on a low income in the next budget and helping first-time buyers to cover contract fees by doubling tax credits for home buyers.

 

“The Liberal Government has neglected this crisis for too long, turning its back on families who find they can’t afford to stay in areas where they want to live and work, added Quach. Canadian families who are suffering are being told that they will have to wait. Furthermore, rural areas are often left out in favour of cities when funding is allocated, meaning the rural-urban divide is widened. These three simple measures, combined with previous proposals from the NDP to invest immediately in affordable, cooperative and social housing, will help Canadians who desperately need it.”

 

– 30 –

For more information, please contact:

Katherine Massam, constituency assistant  to Anne Minh-Thu Quach

450-371-0644 or cell: 450-288-2859, quacha.c1b@parl.gc.ca



[1] http://www.frapru.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Dossier-Noir-2018.pdf