HANSARD: Jenny cited the Auditor General report and asked the government’s plan to eliminate chronic homelessness

House of Commons Debate
Oral Questions
December 6th, 2022 / 3:05 p.m.

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, hundreds of thousands of people experience homelessness in Canada every year, and the Liberals' national housing strategy is failing them. The Auditor General says the Liberals will not meet their chronic homelessness target, and the CEO of CMHC confirmed that is the case. Meanwhile, people are dying on the streets. There is zero accountability from the Liberals and no clear plan to eliminate chronic homelessness. Canadians need action, not failed Liberal promises.

What is the government's plan to eliminate chronic homelessness in Canada and ensure that everyone has a place to call home?

Ahmed Hussen Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

Mr. Speaker, this is our plan: We are doubling funding to the reaching home strategy, from $2 billion to just under $4 billion. We are introducing the rapid housing initiative, which is on track to build 14,000 deeply affordable homes for the most vulnerable, including those experiencing homelessness. We have the introduction of the Canada housing benefit, which is helping vulnerable Canadian renters across the country. We are building more deeply affordable housing through the co-investment fund, which offers $2.9 billion to build 22,000 additional deeply affordable homes.

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