WHEREAS over 35,000 Canadians are homeless on a given night; and
WHEREAS over 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a year; and
WHEREAS homelessness costs the Canadian economy $7 billion annually (this includes not only the cost of emergency shelters, but social services, health care and corrections); and
WHEREAS over 8% of residents of shelters in Canada are over the age of 55 years, and may stay longer before moving into housing; and
WHEREAS nearly one in five households experience extreme housing affordability problems meaning that they have low incomes and are spending more than 30% of their income on rent;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation urge the Federal Government to increase direct funding for affordable housing programs, to invest in targeted programs to house homeless people.
Submitted by COUNCIL OF SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS of B C