Housing is a Human Right

Jul 29 2019

ACTO 2019 Fact SheetUntil we ensure housing supply for the marginalized, displaced and excluded, the homeless, those at risk of homelessness living under prolonged stress and fear of displacement, immigrants, refugees, low wage earners, youth and seniors, our mantra will remain: "Housing is first and foremost a human right for the majority". It is not an investment, not a savings account, not an economic development or profit making tool for a some. See the new fact sheet from the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and our local tenants issues and concerns.

RENT has met on July 26th, joining the voices from all three cities in the region. For one, RENT agrees with ACTO that rent decontrol cannot be used as an incentive for developers, as it is primarily created for protection of a human right to affordable housing. Also, secondary rentals, condominiums, basement apartments, duplexes, granny flats, are not the solution for the lack of affordable housing either because of the high cost or uncertainty of tenure. We need a massive and general response to the affordable housing crises that can provide hundreds of purpose built rental housing through measures such as inclusionary zoning. It is apparent to RENT that information sharing, education and organizing of tenants in dispersed secondary rentals is extremely difficult.