Community forum and seminar with Queen’s University students, February 28, 2014: Presentation notes from the Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott.
Affordable Housing & Homelessness
The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, presented to students at the University of Pennsylvania in March 2014 in Philadelphia. He focused on the links between housing and health in Toronto and Canada.
Housing and homelessness are not just concerns for the city centre. The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Homelessness, Michael Shapcott, delivered a presentation on March 19 to the Social Justice Committee at St Peter’s Erindale Anglican Church in Mississauga. Along with the presentation, he gave a list of useful housing and homelessness links and […]
The massive funding cuts and erosion of national housing programs in the 1990s continues to fuel a Canada-wide crisis in affordable and adequate housing. That’s the policy finding in the housing chapter of the 2014 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), released February 5 by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The AFB calls for the federal […]
An affordable housing trust fund to deliver steady funding for desperately needed new affordable and healthy homes – that’s the Big Idea from the Housing and Innovation practice here at the Wellesley Institute that was published on Feb 3 as part of the Toronto Star’s Big Ideas initiative. Here’s the idea: What if Toronto had […]
The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, presented to the Canadian Federation of Medical Students on Feb 2 at their national conference in Ottawa. He focused on the links between good housing and good health, and the critical role that federal investments play in assuring that all Canadians have access to good […]
Melbourne, Australia, like Toronto and many other cities around the world, is facing a shortage of affordable housing for families even as the private market builds relatively small new homes. Prof Carolyn Whitzman from the University of Melbourne was at the Wellesley Institute on January 21 to report on progress with her research and policy […]
Cold and blustery winds from elsewhere can drop Toronto into the deep freeze. That’s certainly true on the weather front, as the extreme cold alert declared by the City of Toronto at the start of 2014 has reminded us, and it’s also true in housing policy. Most of the hundreds of millions of dollars that […]
The new year brought skin-blistering cold to many parts of Canada. The extreme cold weather was a somber reminder of the critical importance of good quality, affordable housing for the personal health of individual Canadians, and underlined the value of housing in ensuring the social and economic health of communities and the entire country. Precarious […]
November 22 is marked as National Housing Day across Canada – commemorating the day in 1998 when then-Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman and the mayors of Canada’s biggest cities adopted a Declaration from the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee to declare homelessness a national disaster. The mayors, invoking their power to declare a state of emergency, called […]