Housing + income + food = health: Wellesley Institute submission to UN food expert

Housing, income, food and health are all strongly linked. It is important to understand the interconnections, the vicious and virtuous cycles that feed each other, and the impact policy and program interventions can have on those cycles. Those are some of the key messages that …

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Toronto faces human rights legal hearing on city’s restrictive zoning rules

The City of Toronto has been ordered to face a full legal hearing at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal regarding city zoning rules that restrict the location of supportive housing for people with physical or mental health needs. The Dream Team, a group of psychiatric …

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Listening To Learn: Understanding The Needs Of Adults With Physical Disabilities Living In The Burlington Area Throughout Their Lifespan

The Listening to Learn project was a community-based research project that engaged adults with physical disabilities in Burlington, Ontario in a meaningful conversation about their experiences related to housing, services, and overall quality of life. The project involved four qualitative methods of gathering data: interviews, …

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Can Inclusionary Housing programs help people on very low income?

Inclusionary zoning programs have been used mostly to produce below-market housing affordable to households with moderate incomes.  These households typically earn too much to be eligible for social housing or government assistance, but too little to afford housing being provided by private development. Nevertheless, there …

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Right to the city: what can we learn from Chile’s social housing approach?

Chile’s “social housing” approach since the late 1970s allowed hundreds of thousands of poor families to become home owners, and strengthened construction activity in the national economy. However, the low-cost and low-quality housing that was produced has increased socio-spatial discrimination,

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Powerful new research from Salvation Army underlines critical need for affordable homes

Poverty shouldn’t be a life sentence, says Salvation Army The Salvation Army in Canada, the largest operator of homeless shelters in the country, has released a powerful new research report that underlines the critical need for affordable housing to meet the challenges of homelessness and …

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Federal investments in housing are urgently needed in Canada

Canada urgently needs a comprehensive and fully-funded national housing plan – that’s the key message that the Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, delivered at a community housing forum on May 24, 2012, hosted by Matthew Kellway, Member of Parliament. Federal investments …

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Precarious Housing In Canada Part One: Framing The Challenge

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis. Precarious Housing sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in …

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