Affordable Accessible Housing- A Critical Issue for Canadians with Disabilities

May 6, 2010

For immediate release

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) urges all Parliamentarians to support Bill C-304 – An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians. One of the major issues people with disabilities have is finding affordable and accessible housing. “Too frequently people have no choices and live in housing that is unsafe and marginally accessible,” said Marie White Chairperson of CCD.

“All parties should support this legislation. Adequate housing is essential to the well being of persons with disabilities,” said White. “Canadians with disabilities disproportionately live in poverty and finding affordable housing is a huge challenge,” said Laurie Beachell, CCD National Coordinator.

Canadians with disabilities want a federal government that works with provinces to build more accessible and inclusive communities. “Sadly many Canadians with disabilities end up homeless and living on the street,” said White. Bill C-304 is an important initiative in that it will ensure housing strategies include financial assistance for those who are otherwise unable to afford housing and to set targets and timetables to eliminate homelessness.

CCD calls on all parties to support Bill C-304. Affordable accessible housing is an essential need for persons with disabilities.

CCD is a national organization of persons with disabilities that works to build a more inclusive and accessible Canada.

Marie White, National Chairperson – 709-739-8233
Laurie Beachell, National Coordinator – 204-947-0303