On Tuesday, June 22, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness will unveil Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Federal agencies will use the plan to develop programs and policies to reduce and end homelessness. The national homelessness plan is the latest in a series of housing and homelessness policies from the Obama administration that includes $1 billion to capitalize the US National Housing Trust Fund. The text of the homelessness plan will be available online after Tuesday, June 22. The National Alliance to End Homelessness is tracking developments and will post updates. Meanwhile, in Canada legislation to create a national housing plan (Bill C-304) is stalled in the Commons awaiting third reading vote – which could come this summer or may be pushed back to the fall. And Ontario has just announced that it is pushing back the date of the launch of its provincial housing plan until the fall after promising that the plan would be released in the spring of 2010.
About Michael Shapcott
Michael Shapcott is Director, Affordable Housing and Social Innovation at the Wellesley Institute, an independent, non-profit research and policy dedicated to advancing urban health. Michael has worked extensively in Toronto, in many parts of Canada, nationally and internationally on social innovation, the non-profit sector, civic engagement, housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading community-based housing and homelessness experts.