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Housing, homelessness, health and the 2008 federal election

Housing insecurity at record levels.

Housing, homelessness, health and the 2008 federal electionby The Wellesley Institute

Over the next number of weeks, leading up to election day on October 14, the Wellesley Institute will be bringing you backgrounders, data, and key resources on a number of issues regarding housing and homelessness, health reform, community health, and other social determinants of health. Visit our federal election issues page and follow us along via our blog to keep up with the WI's monitoring and review of the elction progress.

Election Housing Primer: Housing insecurity at record levels

— One-in-four Canadian households pay 30 percent or more of their income on housing — that's three million households, or close to eight million women, men and children.

— Housing is the biggest expense for low, moderate and middle-income households; housing costs over the past decade grew faster than inflation even though incomes were stagnant.

— High housing costs are a key reason that 720,231 people across Canada lined up at food banks in March of 2007.

— In the early 1980s, more than 10 out of every 100 new homes in Canada were truly affordable. By 2007, less than one-in-one-hundred new homes were truly affordable.

— Canada's rental vacancy rate has been below 3 percent (the danger zone) since the year 2000.

— More than 300,000 Canadians experience homelessness annually; the number of shelter beds in Canada jumped by 22 percent in one year to 26,872 in 2007.

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The Wellesley Institute advances the social determinants of health through community-based research , community engagement , and the informing of public policy.

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Posted: September 26, 2008

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