Gentrification and rising property values are leading to skyrocketing rents in Hamilton. Families are being priced out of their homes and displaced by large property management companies that often hike rents in multi-residential apartment buildings.
In late 2017, the Government of Canada announced a National Housing Strategy and new investments in affordable housing; but most of the money won’t be allocated until after 2020. Close to 250,000 Canadians experience homelessness annually and need help immediately!
Hamilton Shows Leadership:
Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Councillor Chad Collins proposed a $50 million plan for social housing repair and rehabilitation – the largest single investment in poverty reduction in Hamilton’s history. In September, 2017 that plan passed unanimously at City Council.
It’s time for Action on Affordable Housing!
- Advocate with Hamilton City Council for inclusionary zoning to ensure affordable housing is part of new residential developments
- Support tenant advocacy to protect existing affordable housing in Hamilton
- Work with community partners to make affordable housing a priority during construction of big, new infrastructure projects (like LRT)
- Push the Federal Government for immediate action on the National Housing Strategy & advocate for portable housing benefits for all low income residents