Issues We Face

RESEARCH | How Housing can determine Educational, Health & Economic Outcomes

September 21, 2018

Many social issues stem from a history of unstable, unaffordable, and poor-quality housing. Research shows that housing is the first rung on the ladder to economic opportunity for individuals and that a person’s access to opportunity is intrinsically linked with that of the community at large. As the gap between rents and incomes widens, it … Read More

RESEARCH | Income Support in Relation to Housing in Canada and Selected Other Countries

September 14, 2018

  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has released research to better understand the characteristics of income support programs (social assistance) and shelter or housing benefits and the ways they are delivered in Canada and selected OECD countries. The six countries reviewed were: Australia Finland Ireland the Netherlands the United Kingdom the United States (New … Read More

RESEARCH | Homeless people with substance abuse problems need housing assistance and treatment options

August 24, 2018

More than a third of the roughly half a million Americans who are homeless on any given night have significant substance abuse problems. Two primary housing models are designed to serve this population: sober living houses (SLHs), which are alcohol- and drug-free living environments that emphasize a peer-supported recovery environment, and Housing First (HF), which … Read More

RESEARCH | 2018 Rental Report across Canada

August 17, 2018

The national rental report for Rentals.ca. In July, most major Canadian cities saw a drop or a minor increase. The largest jumps were seen in suburban communities and smaller cities.        

RESEARCH | The State of Millennial Homeownership

August 3, 2018

Millennials are more tech savvy, more racially and ethnically diverse, and more educated, and they marry and have children later in life than previous generations. And though most millennials have now entered peak household formation and homebuying years, they are becoming homeowners later and at lower rates. The How Housing Matters’ new, extensive Millennial Homeownership … Read More

RESEARCH | Canada’s housing crisis reinforces violence against poor women

July 13, 2018

Canadian cities are in the throes of an unprecedented housing crisis. Lax housing policies and lending practices, along with a previously non-existent national housing strategy have converged, contributing to record-level housing and rental prices. Cities such as Toronto and Vancouver are most affected, with smaller cities like Montréal and Victoria also dealing with the impact … Read More

RESEARCH | The simple way design could help homeless people recover

July 10, 2018

A three-month-long experiment offers a glimpse at how homeless shelters could be redesigned to feel more like home–and help families be healthy and happy. The research on the built environment suggests that the interior design of homeless shelters can either support or hinder people’s ability to assert control over their future. Read the research   … Read More

RESEARCH | How this Philadelphia neighbourhood is gentrifying without displacement

July 10, 2018

Amid a patchwork quilt of segregated neighborhoods, where some areas are developing and displacing at breakneck pace, Germantown stays diverse and determined to lift up residents of all income levels. This particular demographic and economic mix, more eclectic than it might seem at first glance, is what the neighborhood’s established residents and many of its … Read More

NEWS | Homelessness isn’t a choice — it’s a crisis that destroys lives

July 3, 2018

The director of communications and stakeholder relations at Inn from the Cold, Louise Gallagher, shares on homelessness: Homelessness is definitely not a choice for the 27-plus families who find support at Inn from the Cold’s Family Emergency Shelter every night. It is a life-saver. For most of us, living in Calgary is a great choice. … Read More