Homelessness a National Disgrace

Toronto, Ontario

May 13, 2002


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Homelessness A National Disgrace
Homelessness A National Disgrace
dated May 13, 2002

Toronto Ontario
May 8, 2002
       The homeless in Canada are victims of both the federal and provincial government failure to provide affordable Housing. Cathy Crowe a street nurse in Toronto said the lack of a National housing program is a disgrace, which is costing people their lives.


Cathy Crowe
Toronto Street Nurse



       "In Toronto the homeless are dying at a rate of two to four per week. We said it was like nursing in the dark ages. Why? Simply because Canada is essentially the only country in the world without a fully funded national housing program."




       Speaking to the 1,000 delegates and guests at the CAW Bargaining convention May 8th Crowe said the federal and the provincial governments have a responsibility to eliminate homelessness.




Cathy Crowe
Toronto Street Nurse

       "One quarter million Canadians are homeless and that qualifies, technically, as what is known as a man-made disaster."
       "I must warn you, especially for those of you outside of Toronto that if we do not get a housing program soon, the beginnings, the makings of tent city, which are already in your community, will flourish."


       Crowe wants the government to dramatically increase funding for an affordable housing program across Canada.

Cathy Crowe
Toronto Street Nurse

       "The "1%" campaign is our demand. We want 1% of the federal budget for an affordable housing program. One per cent, that's all! And we want the provinces to match that. And right now, since November, all that Ottawa is offering is one seventh of 1%."

       CAW national president Buzz Hargrove announced that the union was contributing $10,000 to help the "1% National Housing Program" campaign.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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