For Immediate Release
November 22, 2017
Ottawa, ON – Today, the Government of Canada announced its National Housing Strategy. In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) issued the following statement:
“We applaud the Government of Canada for making affordable housing a priority. CIJA has consistently called for a long-term commitment from government to ensure that vulnerable Canadians, including many in the Jewish community, have access to adequate, accessible and affordable housing.
“We are particularly encouraged by the government’s commitment to create at least 2,400 new housing units for Canadians with developmental disabilities. This is a significant step to ensure that the housing needs of all Canadians with disabilities are met.“
- 15% of Jewish Canadians live below the poverty line. Working in partnership with Jewish social service agencies, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) has advocated for increased federal funds for affordable housing.
- 90% of people with developmental disabilities live below the poverty line.
- 18-30% of homeless individuals have a developmental disability.
- CIJA encourages the federal government to work with its provincial and territorial counterparts to extend long-term funding for existing affordable housing projects, and expand federal support for new social housing units.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada.
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