MPs Must Work Together to End Homelessness

Sheri Benson (MP Saskatoon West) will be speaking on her bold vision to end and prevent homelessness in Canada during the first hour of debate today.

If passed, M-147 will assemble a special committee that engages with experts and those with lived experience to develop the first ever national plan.

“I don’t think any of my colleagues in the House disagreed with the Prime Minister when he said one person experiencing homelessness in Canada is one too many. So why not work towards a plan to end homelessness?” said Benson. “If the government really believes that every person has the right to have a roof over their head, they should vote in favour of my motion to create a special committee to create a plan and solve the issue.”  

Benson’s motion to end homelessness in Canada has received support from a wide range of stakeholders, including his Worship Mayor Charlie Clark, YWCA Saskatoon and the Canadian Housing Renewal Association.

“Homelessness is an issue that as a society we have collective responsibility to solve,” said Shannon Friesen, CEO of YWCA Saskatoon. “Sheri Benson’s background in the Community makes her the ideal candidate to lead this important work.  YWCA Saskatoon urges all Members of Parliament to vote in favour of this important motion."

Everyone deserves a home. Benson’s motion provides the opportunity to study and create a plan to end and prevent homelessness in Canada.

Jeff Morrison, Executive Director of the Canadian Housing Renewal Association added, “With the release of the National Housing Strategy, the government has an incredible opportunity to enhance the Homelessness Partnership Strategy by supporting M-147.  As Canadians, we should accept nothing less than preventing and ending homelessness as the end goal, and it’s time for all Parliamentarians and all stakeholders to develop that plan.”