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Budget 2016 invests $2.3 billion over two years on housing & homelessness

In their first budget the Trudeau government today announced over $2.3 billion in spending over two years on housing and homelessness representing the most significant investments in housing and homelessness in at least 25 years. Highlights from the budget include:

  • a two year “Phase 1” investment to be followed by the development of a National Housing Strategy and a “Phase 2” that “will deliver on the remaining eight years of the Government’s long-term infrastructure plan”
  • a major expansion of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy with an additional $111.8 M over two years giving “communities the support they need to help prevent and reduce homelessness, including Housing First activities, better emergency response services, and supports for youth, women fleeing violence, and veterans”
  • doubling current federal funding under the Investment in Affordable Housing

Budget 2016 is a very positive first step toward fixing Canada’s housing and homelessness crisis, but there important work ahead. We have to ensure new affordable housing investments will house Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people. Enrafuddclawli . We will continue to press the government to make sure the level of investment grows to meet the scale of the crisis in Canada we will work closely with our partners and the Government of Canada to build a National Housing Strategy that ends the unnatural disaster of homelessness once and for all.

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