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Building the Future


Canada West Foundation lays out 10-step affordable housing solution

CALGARY: The Canada West Foundation today released a discussion paper laying out 10 steps Canadian cities, large and small, should follow to help solve growing homelessness in Canada.

The need for more affordable housing, writes Senior Policy Karen Wilkie, the author of Building the Future, is becoming increasingly evident. In some cases, affordable housing is required to house low income wage earners, people with disabilities, or university students. In other cases, affordable housing is needed to house growing numbers of homeless persons, seniors, or seasonal workers.

The affordable housing issue is not new, Wilkie writes. However, growing demand, a scarcity of supply and a sense of urgency are elevating the issue on the public agenda, and affordable housing has emerged as one of the greatest public policy challenges facing Canadian communities. The factors contributing to the growing demand for affordable housing include the rise in housing costs (both home ownership and rental prices), the general rise in the cost of living (e.g., utilities, food and transportation), record low vacancy rates, and the growing gap between high and low wage earners. The scarcity of supply is explained by condominium conversions, a lack of new rental units being built, funding cuts to government programs, neighbourhood gentrification, and urban population growth. Cumulatively, these factors are putting a lot of strain on Canadian housing.

To address affordable housing shortfalls and meeting the needs of individuals Wilkie writes that identifying the need for affordable housing is just a first step. In order to effectively meet the affordable housing needs in a community, a number of considerations must be taken into account, including:

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Gary Slywchuk

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National Coalition for the Homeless

The National Coalition for the Homeless, founded in 1984, is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. At the same time, we work to meet the immediate needs of people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of doing so. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work.

* November 21: The Bringing America Home Act was reintroduced into Congress by Representative Julia Carson (D-IN) on November 16, 2005.

* November 22: Letter to Senator Reed from the Partners and Colleagues of the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

CONTAct us: National Coalition for the Homeless

2201 P St NW | Washington, DC 20037

Phone: 202.462.4822 | Fax: 202.462.4823



Helping Hand for Cote d'Ivoire Villagers:
Therese Haury. ATA member in Abidjan, has been a stalwart in the Cote d'Ivoire, helping establish health clinics in local villages and obtaining medical equipment from sources in Europe and America. Here is her story, told in her own words (translated from French). "My dream was to be a surgeon in Africa, but my family never accepted it, so I kept that dream in mind while traveling around the world. I arrived in Cote d'Ivoire in 1976. I reached my goal to live in Africa, however, it was not as a surgeon but as an insurance Agent. To realize my dream, I created a Women's club in Memni village, helping the Bush Community clinic, the colonies of leprosy with material donated by sources in France. Five villages, Loundou, Yohou, Cousso, Gnielle, Tchechanga adopted me. Continued.

\About Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions runs 11 programs out of 12 countries,with more than 100 staff members in 13 offices worldwide. To date, the organization has brought more than 2,500 participants to countries around the world to work in sustainable community development initiatives. Our programs are year-round throughout Asia,Africa and Latin America,and range from 2-12 weeks.

Congratulations to Mighty Jambo Acrobats
Here's a letter we received by e-mail, which may be of interest to readers and members. We are a group of seven acrobats based in Kenya and performing at the Safari Park Hotel and Casino every Tuesday to Sunday. We are aged between 20 year to 26 years young and energetic. We the Mighty Jambo Acrobats have our humble beginnings from one of the most densely populated Ghettos (slums) in Nairobi- Kenya known as Mathare Valley. Our dream and ambition is to improve life in the ghetto through provision of the necessary skills and training to the street boys and girls who are talented thus helping them gain self confidence and realize their full potential. We hope to improve their attitude, reliability, industry and focus as well as reduce drug abuse and idleness. We are therefore requesting to team up with you as road show biz in the cause of tourism attraction. Web site at