Urge "Homeless Disaster" resolution in your city, state, nation,

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
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Canadians, what do you think of these proposed "steps to address the
shortage of affordable housing"?

*   Urging Ottawa to create a special cabinet committee on housing and
homelessness, with a clear mandate.
*   Assigning municipal staff members from across the country to develop a
housing options report within three months that would be presented to the
federal government.
*   Requesting the mayors undertake to have their respective city councils
endorse homelessness disaster resolutions.
*   Developing a homelessness Web site that would showcase housing projects
in cities.

USA folks, are such proposals worth advocating in our comminities, states
and nation?

People worldwide, could campaigning for a "homeless disaster" resolution
help where you live?

See article below for details:
http://www2.thestar.com:80/thestar/editorial/toronto/981120NEW03_CI-MAYORS20=
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=46WD  Toronto Star - November 20, 1998
          Greater Toronto Story:

MAYORS WILL BE URGED TO ACT ON HOMELESS
Meeting will consider putting more pressure  on Ottawa

By  Paul Moloney - Toronto Star  - City Hall Bureau


 Mayors of Canada's largest cities are being asked to endorse resolutions
declaring homelessness a national disaster and to pressure the federal
government to act.

 ``Reducing homelessness is key to the liveability of our cities,'' said
Toronto Councillor Jack Layton, who is taking the initiative on behalf of
Mayor Mel Lastman at a meeting of mayors today in Winnipeg.

 ``I think everyone would agree the growth of homelessness can't
continue,'' he said.

 Support by the Big City Mayors' Caucus of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities would be an important step toward pushing Ottawa to create a
national housing program, Layton said in an interview.

 The mayors will also hear from Anne Golden, who chairs the Toronto Mayor's
Homelessness Action Task Force that is to report in January on solutions to
homelessness.

 Federal and provincial governments can spur rental housing by reducing or
removing sales taxes on construction materials and providing mortgage
assistance, Lastman said in a letter to the mayors.

 Layton wants the federation of municipalities to make homelessness a key
issue at its annual meeting in Halifax in June.

 He noted federation lobbying led to the creation of a multi-billion
infrastructure program earlier this decade in which costs of new roads and
the like were shared equally by Ottawa, the provinces and municipalities.

 ``This is modelled on how we built the momentum for that,'' said Layton, a
federation vice-president.

``But he isn't sure provincial governments will buy into a housing program.

 ``This may take the form of a more direct relationship between the
national government and the cities,'' he said. ``Let's face it, the private
sector can't build the kind of housing that people with very low incomes
can afford.''

 Census data in 1996 showed that 1,264,450 households were paying more than
50 per cent of their gross income on shelter, Layton said.

 ``Once you hit 50 per cent or more of your income going into housing,
you're right on that edge where you could end up without a place to live.''

 Toronto and Ottawa city councils have recently passed declarations that
homelessness is a national disaster, at the urging of community groups
studying the problem.

 ``There's a movement that's building across the country,'' said Layton,
chair of Toronto council's Strategy Committee for People Without Homes.

 The Winnipeg meeting is being asked to approve a series of steps to
address the shortage of affordable housing. They include:

*   Urging Ottawa to create a special cabinet committee on housing and
homelessness, with a clear mandate.
*   Assigning municipal staff members from across the country to develop a
housing options report within three months that would be presented to the
federal government.
*   Requesting the mayors undertake to have their respective city councils
endorse homelessness disaster resolutions.
*   Developing a homelessness Web site that would showcase housing projects
in cities.

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Canadians, what do you think of these proposed "steps to address the
shortage of affordable housing"?=20


*   Urging Ottawa to create a special cabinet committee on housing and
homelessness, with a clear mandate.

*   Assigning municipal staff members from across the country to
develop a housing options report within three months that would be
presented to the federal government.

*   Requesting the mayors undertake to have their respective city
councils endorse homelessness disaster resolutions.

*   Developing a homelessness Web site that would showcase housing
projects in cities.


USA folks, are such proposals worth advocating in our comminities,
states and nation?


People worldwide, could campaigning for a "homeless disaster"
resolution help where you live?


See article below for details:

http://www2.thestar.com:80/thestar/editorial/toronto/981120NEW03_CI-MAYORS20=
=2Ehtml

=46WD  Toronto Star - November 20, 1998

          Greater Toronto Story:


<paraindent><param>right,left</param>MAYORS WILL BE URGED TO ACT ON
HOMELESS

Meeting will consider putting more pressure  on Ottawa


By  Paul Moloney - Toronto Star  - City Hall Bureau

</paraindent>


 Mayors of Canada's largest cities are being asked to endorse
resolutions declaring homelessness a national disaster and to pressure
the federal government to act.


 ``Reducing homelessness is key to the liveability of our cities,''
said Toronto Councillor Jack Layton, who is taking the initiative on
behalf of Mayor Mel Lastman at a meeting of mayors today in Winnipeg.


 ``I think everyone would agree the growth of homelessness can't
continue,'' he said.


 Support by the Big City Mayors' Caucus of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities would be an important step toward pushing Ottawa to
create a national housing program, Layton said in an interview.


 The mayors will also hear from Anne Golden, who chairs the Toronto
Mayor's Homelessness Action Task Force that is to report in January on
solutions to homelessness.


 Federal and provincial governments can spur rental housing by reducing
or removing sales taxes on construction materials and providing
mortgage assistance, Lastman said in a letter to the mayors.


 Layton wants the federation of municipalities to make homelessness a
key issue at its annual meeting in Halifax in June.


 He noted federation lobbying led to the creation of a multi-billion
infrastructure program earlier this decade in which costs of new roads
and the like were shared equally by Ottawa, the provinces and
municipalities.=20


 ``This is modelled on how we built the momentum for that,'' said
Layton, a federation vice-president.


``But he isn't sure provincial governments will buy into a housing
program.


 ``This may take the form of a more direct relationship between the
national government and the cities,'' he said. ``Let's face it, the
private sector can't build the kind of housing that people with very
low incomes can afford.''


 Census data in 1996 showed that 1,264,450 households were paying more
than 50 per cent of their gross income on shelter, Layton said.


 ``Once you hit 50 per cent or more of your income going into housing,
you're right on that edge where you could end up without a place to
live.''


 Toronto and Ottawa city councils have recently passed declarations
that homelessness is a national disaster, at the urging of community
groups studying the problem.


 ``There's a movement that's building across the country,'' said
Layton, chair of Toronto council's Strategy Committee for People
Without Homes.


 The Winnipeg meeting is being asked to approve a series of steps to
address the shortage of affordable housing. They include:


*   Urging Ottawa to create a special cabinet committee on housing and
homelessness, with a clear mandate.

*   Assigning municipal staff members from across the country to
develop a housing options report within three months that would be
presented to the federal government.

*   Requesting the mayors undertake to have their respective city
councils endorse homelessness disaster resolutions.

*   Developing a homelessness Web site that would showcase housing
projects in cities.


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