GOVERNMENT MUST FOLLOW THROUGH ON PROMISE TO MAKE HOUSING RIGHTS HUMAN RIGHTS

Sheri Benson supports the open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau signed by over 170 organizations and prominent Canadians urging the Prime Minister to follow through on his commitment to make housing rights human rights.

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August 14, 2018

SASKATOON – Sheri Benson (MP Saskatoon West) supports the open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau signed by over 170 organizations and prominent Canadians urging the Prime Minister to follow through on his commitment to make housing rights human rights.

A rights-based approach in housing would focus on ending homelessness instead of managing the homeless population. It would not deal with only some people who are homeless, but all Canadians who are homeless. Canadians deserve the right to security, affordability, good health, and safety in the form of adequate housing.

“I hope the government will reconsider its current position and listen to the wide-spread support for enshrining a right to housing in Canadian law,” said Benson. “Consultation is only the first step. A government that came to power with the mantra of hope and hard work should not be shying away from that hard work, but instead leading the way.”

The 2018 point-in-time homelessness count in Saskatoon identified 475 people who reported experiencing homelessness, up from 450 in 2015. While the housing crisis continues in Saskatoon, the provincial government has discontinued the rental supplement program that helped low income families and those with disabilities pay their rent; citing the federal government’s promise of a Canada Housing Benefit in 2020 as a replacement.