Manitoba's Housing Co-ops Welcome New Initiative for Low-Income Households

WINNIPEG, June 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) welcomes yesterday's groundbreaking announcement of support for non-profit and co-operative housing under Manitoba's ALL Aboard poverty reduction strategy.

"CHF Canada congratulates the Manitoba government and Minister of Housing and Community Development Kerri Irvin-Ross for a landmark initiative that will protect hundreds of low-income households who rely on soon-to-expire assistance for part of their rents," said Karla Skoutajan, CHF Canada's Director, Sector Development.

Announced on June 9, the initiative will enable low-income households in Manitoba's 48 non-profit housing co-ops (housing over 7,000 Manitobans in some 2,800 mixed-income units)  to maintain affordable rents.

"This is welcome news for the low-income members of our co-op," said Linda Ferguson, President of Village Canadien Co-op Ltée., in Winnipeg. "News of this initiative comes at a crucial time for us as a community. We look forward to building on this initiative with Minister Irvin-Ross and her officials and continuing to reduce the number of low-income Manitobans in housing need -- including seniors, working families, single parents and recent immigrants."

In 2009, CHF Canada released research findings on core housing need across Canada in The Dunning Report: Dimensions of Core Housing Need in Canada - Second Edition. The report (based on 2006 CMHC data) found that 11.3 percent (46,290 ) of Manitoba households were in core housing need. Among rental households, 23.9 percent (28,795) were in housing need.

CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing movement. Its members include over 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and other organizations across Canada.  More than a quarter of a million Canadians live in housing co-ops, in every province and territory.

For further information:

Karla Skoutajan, Director, Sector Development, 1-800-465-2752 ext. 241

Scott Jackson, Program Manager, National Communications 1-800-533-2667 ext. 122">