Rent or Food? We Shouldn’t Have to Choose!

Rent or Food? Canadians Should Not Have to Choose!

Hunger and affordable housing issues go hand-in-hand for Canadians with low incomes. Particularly for those in the rental market, rising housing costs often leave families without enough income to cover other necessities, driving them to local food banks for the most basic form of assistance. A quarter of all Canadians spend more than 30% of their income on housing, pushing these costs out of the threshold of affordability.

Over the past 15 years, federal support for affordable housing has dropped significantly. As the Canadian population continues to grow, affordable housing is not keeping up. As the first of the month approaches, thousands of Canadians are forced to make the agonizing choice between paying their rent and buying food.

Food banks tell us, year after year, that the high cost of housing is the number one reason why they are busier than ever. Please support us in pushing the government to invest in the health and well-being of Canadians through affordable housing.

 

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