Kavanagh: Guaranteed Basic Income would help solve Ottawa’s affordable housing crisis

Ottawa Citizen

Last month, I had the honour of attending the opening of a new transitional housing facility in Bay Ward, a space for families who had no place to call home. it was much-needed, as Ottawa faces an unprecedented homelessness emergency.

Our shelters are overflowing; we had to turn city recreation centres into overflow respite centres. Last year, more people than ever slept outdoors in tents in our city. The recently announced federal Housing Accelerator Fund of $176.3 million for the City of Ottawa will help bring more new affordable housing, but we still need to get individuals out of poverty — especially when current affordable units in the private market are disappearing faster than can be built, at a rate of 31 to one, according to a study by Carleton University Prof. Steve Pomeroy.

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