IMPACT ON SENIORS OF MIXED TENANCY HOUSING

19.4.3 IMPACT ON SENIORS OF MIXED TENANCY HOUSING

WHEREAS The supply of social (rent-geared-to-income) housing for seniors has not increased, even though demand is increasing due to increased numbers of seniors living in poverty, as evidenced by increasing numbers of homeless seniors,

WHEREAS Public policy encourages seniors to age in place and receive health care and other supportive services in their homes, which leads to more seniors living in their homes longer in increasingly frailer health, which puts further pressure on the inadequate supply of social housing,

WHEREAS There are increasing pressures to house the homeless of all ages, including adults with severe mental health and substance use concerns using the model of Housing First,

WHEREAS In part due to the limited supply of social and supportive housing, these other adults are also being housed in housing complexes previously reserved primarily for seniors and persons with disabilities of a physical nature,

AND FURTHER WHEREAS This practice results in some seniors living in fear of being harmed by these other adults and in general contributes to stress, social isolation and poorer health outcomes of seniors who have no other options for housing and who fear becoming homeless,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation urge the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to ensure policies are in place, including programs funded through the National Housing Strategy, to:

1) Provide rent-geared-to-income housing dedicated for seniors as part of affordable housing strategies (i.e., rent being no more than 30% of gross income), and

2) Provide supportive housing units in communities to ensure effective supports are available to tenants with severe mental health and substance use concerns, and

3) Ensure that tenant populations in seniors’ oriented rent-geared-to-income housing units have sufficient supports to recognize their often significant health care and disability needs and are composed of individuals who are able to live independently with these supports in a manner which allows all to experience quiet enjoyment of their residence.

Submitted by COSCO19.4.3 IMPACT ON SENIORS OF MIXED TENANCY HOUSING

WHEREAS The supply of social (rent-geared-to-income) housing for seniors has not increased, even though demand is increasing due to increased numbers of seniors living in poverty, as evidenced by increasing numbers of homeless seniors,

WHEREAS Public policy encourages seniors to age in place and receive health care and other supportive services in their homes, which leads to more seniors living in their homes longer in increasingly frailer health, which puts further pressure on the inadequate supply of social housing,

WHEREAS There are increasing pressures to house the homeless of all ages, including adults with severe mental health and substance use concerns using the model of Housing First,

WHEREAS In part due to the limited supply of social and supportive housing, these other adults are also being housed in housing complexes previously reserved primarily for seniors and persons with disabilities of a physical nature,

AND FURTHER WHEREAS This practice results in some seniors living in fear of being harmed by these other adults and in general contributes to stress, social isolation and poorer health outcomes of seniors who have no other options for housing and who fear becoming homeless,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation urge the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to ensure policies are in place, including programs funded through the National Housing Strategy, to:

1) Provide rent-geared-to-income housing dedicated for seniors as part of affordable housing strategies (i.e., rent being no more than 30% of gross income), and

2) Provide supportive housing units in communities to ensure effective supports are available to tenants with severe mental health and substance use concerns, and

3) Ensure that tenant populations in seniors’ oriented rent-geared-to-income housing units have sufficient supports to recognize their often significant health care and disability needs and are composed of individuals who are able to live independently with these supports in a manner which allows all to experience quiet enjoyment of their residence.

Submitted by COSCO

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IMPROVING ACCESS OF HOMELESS WOMEN SENIORS TO APPROPRIATE HOUSING AND HEALTH CARE

19.4.2 IMPROVING ACCESS OF HOMELESS WOMEN SENIORS TO APPROPRIATE HOUSING AND HEALTH CARE

WHEREAS The National Pensioners Federation is concerned about the increasing numbers of low-income seniors with chronic health conditions who become homeless and who are being discharged from hospital into a homeless shelter or to sleep on the street;

WHEREAS These seniors are increasingly female, diverse, and living in deep poverty without any social network to fall back on;

WHEREAS Rampant speculation in housing has resulted in the loss of much low cost rental housing that senior women, often dependent on OAS and GIS, can afford;

WHEREAS Senior women are almost twice as likely as men to be living in poverty and three times as likely as men to live alone, both highly predictive of future homelessness;

WHEREAS Senior women, once the hidden homeless, have become an increasingly visible proportion of vulnerable seniors being discharged from hospital onto the street or to a homeless shelter where there is no health care provision and where they are not permitted to stay for very long;

WHEREAS There is a serious shortage of shelters, transitional housing, or low-income housing for older single women.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That NPF request that federal, provincial and territorial health, housing and social affairs ministers work to ensure that national standards are put in place that will ensure senior womens’ health and safety and well-being and end all seniors’ homelessness.

Submitted by NPF Health Committee & NPF Executive Committee

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARENESS

19.4.1 AFFORDABLE HOUSING AWARENESS

WHEREAS The construction of rental housing that is affordable has been limited to almost nonexistent, which has caused waiting lists in most, if not all, communities across the country which is not respecting international commitments made by the Government of Canada.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the Canadian government make aware to all provinces, territory and municipal governments the dire need for affordable rental housing.

Submitted By: Club #407 – Unifor Local 444 Retirees, Windsor & USCO

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