Positive Reaction For New National Housing Strategy

The federal government is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to affordable housing.

On Friday, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Adam Vaughan was in Windsor breaking down the new National Housing Strategy. He shared details of the 10-year, $40-billion plan aimed reduce homelessness and guarantee affordable housing for more than 1.7-million Canadians in need.

Windsor Homes Coalition Board President Darren Schiller attended the information session.

He hopes the strategy is just the beginning.

"It's something needed across Canada, we need it in Windsor," he says. "It's a fantastic strategy because we have housing stock here that needs repair, we've got housing that we do need, so we need new builds."

Schiller believes the strategy is a step in the right direction.

"The changes are needed and something like this will assist," says Schiller. "I hope that as the government goes through, if this is a 10-year-strategy, that the other governments will continue with the strategy and hopeful increase it."

The new strategy is expected to create new housing for more than 530,000 people in Canada that are in need of an affordable home.

Schiller tells AM800 News, the coalition looks forward to working with the city to best use the new tools at their disposal.

"It's needed, we're excited for it, we hope the money comes in, everything is funnelled through the city of Windsor and the city of Windsor is a great partner to work with too," says Schiller.

The new strategy is also expected to reduce chronic homelessness by 50%.

— with files from Rob Hindi