REPORT: Recovery for All plan can end homelessness in Canada by 2030 while saving Canadians $18 billion
Canada can solve homelessness for billions less than it spends to manage it, according to a new report commissioned by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and produced by Steve Pomeroy, Senior Research Fellow with Carleton University Centre for Urban Research and Education. The report was written to evaluate the Recovery for All campaign's 6-point plan and develop specific policy measures to achieve the aims of the plan and estimate the cost and impact.
The report, "Recovery for All: Proposals to Strengthen the National Housing Strategy and End Homelessness" charts an affordable and achievable path for ending homelessness by 2030.
The report is available for download below.
Watch the webinar launch of the report.
Key elements of the plan include:
- Ensuring housing for all those currently experiencing homelessness and preventing homelessness for over 300,000 households at risk due to high housing costs and precarious situations.'
- A total cost of $52B over 10 years (saving $18B off the estimated $70B cost of homelessness).
- A new program for acquisition and conversion of hotels and apartments as well as the use of modular housing options for rapid creation of affordable and supportive housing. 75,000 total units would be acquired over 10 years.
Boosting the total National Housing Strategy housing production to 370,000 units (plus the 75,000 units acquired/preserved) by:
- Expanding the supply of permanent supportive housing with 50,000 units of permanent supportive housing over 10 years; and;
- Expanding affordable housing by proposing construction of 170,000 new affordable units.
- Creating a distinct Urban Indigenous Housing Strategy to address the disproportionate number of Indigenous Peoples experiencing homelessness – with 30,000 dedicated units.
- Expanding the Canada Housing Benefit with a new Homeless Housing Benefit to help a minimum of 55,000 people avoid or exit homelessness. The combination of the housing benefit and the acquisition allow for a rapid start to efforts to end homelessness and helps ensure people housed in hotels are not sent back to shelters.
- Expanding direct federal investment in community responses to homelessness through Reaching Home including specific new investments in rural and remote homelessness and women’s homelessness.
- Helping the federal government ensure the National Housing Strategy progressively realizes the right to housing by targeting investments to those in greatest need and providing a path to ending homelessness by 2030.
By joining this grassroots movement, you are helping to end homelessness in Canada once and for all. We have a plan. It is affordable. It will create jobs. And it will work.