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June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  The short answer is not really. Longer term, organizations like Habitat for Humanity or some forms of attainable home ownership can actually move people out of social housing and out of rental housing. They can be an important part of the housing continuum, but people experienci

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  It certainly can be, if those hotels can be renovated to be effectively single-room occupancy.

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  Yes, I think there's a risk that federal dollars would end up displacing provincial dollars, and then that benefit is negligible.

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  We haven't included the long-term care sector in the calculation of our housing, but what is effectively done in long-term care is supportive housing. It's a form of supportive housing for people who are aging, but a lot of what we propose as supportive housing is in fact the sam

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  That's a great question. We should be looking at federal standards and expectations. The federal government shouldn't be shy about setting clear expectations, about setting standards and about having expectations for the dollars it has invested. That's basic duty to taxpayers.

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  I think so. The challenge is that there's only so much housing around to renovate. We see that challenge in Calgary specifically. Yes, it's an opportunity to move very quickly, but there are also other options. You can build, but supporting the income of Canadians at risk of hom

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  I think there is a very real risk of that, as COVID-19 seems to be impacting those with lower incomes and more precarious employment more. When we see eviction bans lift and we see the CERB stop at some point and income supports stop, I think we may well see a surge in homelessne

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  I think it could be both. For the vast majority of people—about 85% of people who experience homelessness in Calgary and across Canada—they're in and out really quickly. It's usually a disruption of income in some form, a loss of a job or something like that, and they can usually

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  I think you'll probably see increased pressure on the rental market. People who aren't able to own their home anymore may find themselves renting, and that would put pressure on the rental market and may make it more difficult for people to move out of rental into housing. In pla

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  It's tough to say, but I think anywhere you see people with lower incomes losing their employment and high housing costs, you'll see the pressure and potentially the increase in homelessness. It can happen in large cities and in small cities. The dynamic is essentially the same.

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  I think there are three things that I would do. First, I would effectively double the national housing strategy investment. I would move the investment forward so that a lot of the money is spent over time, with more of it at the back end than at the front end. I think you need

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  I think the federal government has a very important leadership role in housing and in ending homelessness in Canada. That's why we've been asking for that leadership in supporting the national housing strategy. There are no silver bullets in ending homelessness. There are a lot

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Human Resources committee  I think we appear to have fared better than places like Italy or long-term care. Again, we're not out of the woods yet. I don't want to brush over the impact this has had on the homeless system. The homeless system and shelter providers are really getting battered. It's a diffic

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Tim Richter