What’s the housing situation in Ontario ?
One out of every five households renting in Ontario is paying more than 50% of their income on rent. 
Rents in Ontario have risen at double the rate on inflation over the last decade. 
Across Ontario , youth under 18 and families with children are the fastest growing group of hostel users. 
... in Canada ?
In the last 20 years the number of affordable housing units created in Canada has fallen from 24,000 in 1980 to 940 in 2000. 
In 1990 the resources that were allocated to low-income housing were cut by $51 million over two years. [Begin P]
What is the situation in the Nation’s Capital?
Source: Health Canada website and Media Photo Gallery, Health Canada, http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2006.
In Ottawa, rent increased by 25% from 1998 to 2001.
In 2000, there were 3,500 economic evictions in the Ottawa area.[ Evans]
Average wait for subsidized housing in Ottawa is 5-8 years. There are approximately 13,500 households on this waiting list.
10. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Behind the issues: Ontario 2003. Investing in affordable homes. http://www.policyalternatives.ca
11. Campaign 2000, Report Card on Child Poverty in Ontario, 1999.
12. Canadian Council on Social Development. (2002). The Progress of Canada?s Children: 2002 Highlights. Available: www.ccsd.ca]
14. Stewart, Dick (People Services, City of Ottawa). Presentation. (September 10, 2002).
16. Evans, G., Wells, N., Moch, A. (In Press). Housing and Mental Health: A review of the evidence and a methodological and conceptual critique.
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