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Sep 28, 2018

In this episode we discuss how Habitat for Humanity Canada’s mission fits into the federal government’s National Housing Strategy – and how Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership solves critical housing needs in communities across Canada. It all begins with the premise that decent and affordable housing is a basic human right. 

We’re joined by Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, and the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Minister Duclos’ portfolio oversees the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Canada’s National Housing Strategy.

Canada's federal government launched the first National Housing Strategy in November of 2017. It's a comprehensive $40 billion plan intended to fuel the economy, strengthen the middle class and create inclusive, sustainable homes and communities across the country.

Mark Rodgers welcomes this ambitious initiative. "Communities are only as secure and stable as the housing in that community," he says. "I believe very strongly that, apart from food and water, that housing is the most basic human need that we have."

Minister Duclos says Habitat for Humanity Canada has demonstrated real leadership and vision "to show how individual dignity and safety is complimentary of social and economic development at the community level."

Research conducted by the Boston Consulting Group for Habitat for Humanity Canada reviewed the impact of Habitat’s model both on Habitat homeowners and the community. The study showed that for every family empowered by homeownership through Habitat, there are $175,000 in social benefits back to the community. These benefits come in the form of reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better educational and employment outcomes and improved health. In Canada, Habitat’s affordable homeownership program has created a social return on investment of over $590 million since 1985.

Mark Rodgers says Habitat is preparing to extend its successful model to address the critical housing needs of Canadian veterans and in Indigenous communities.

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