Many of us are paying the cost of higher and higher rents. For many, stable housing is out of reach, even with a stable income. Housing precarity impacts us all, with 48% of Canadians being $200 or less from bankruptcy. This includes the 29% who are already unable to pay their debts. (IPSOS, 2019)
Addressing the issues that exacerbate homelessness is in all of our interests. Improving and increasing access to affordable housing keeps our neighbourhoods safe and healthy for all, including for people experiencing homelessness.
Housing is a human right.
Several factors impact how housing precarity affects our well-being. We will highlight these factors over the coming weeks to broaden understanding of the complexities of homelessness.