Whereas: Manitoba’s social housing inventory includes approximately 18,000 homes meeting the needs of low-income people, yet much of the social housing requires substantial condition and energy efficiency upgrades. There is also a great need to build more social housing units to meet the needs of 85,000 Manitobans in core housing need.
Whereas: Residents of social housing often have shared characteristics, which include living in areas with high rates of poverty and unemployment, facing multiple barriers to employment, and requiring comprehensive training and supports to succeed in the work force. Thus, those in need of social housing are also those in need of jobs with comprehensive supports. Ensuring that training and job opportunities benefit people with barriers to employment will reduce the growing need for housing assistance and income support.
Whereas: The Province has committed to establish 1500 affordable housing units and 1500 social housing units between 2009 – 2014, committed to establish an additional 500 affordable housing units and 500 social housing units over three years in Budget 2013, committed to increasing the quality and functionality of their existing housing portfolio, and has included affordable housing, training, and employment as target areas for its ALL Aboard: Manitoba’s Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy.
Whereas: Increasing energy prices grow the financial burden to social housing providers and low-income households paying their own utilities while decreasing the affordability of adequate housing for low-income Manitobans. This adds pressure to the Province’s housing and income support programs to bridge the affordability gap of housing for low-income Manitobans.
Whereas: Construction, maintenance, and energy efficiency retrofits provide the most immediately available, attainable and cost effective job investment opportunities for employment development. Job creation with the necessary supports and training programs, particularly when focused on creating opportunities for marginalized populations such as the rapidly growing young population within the Aboriginal community, helps to stabilize communities and raise people out of poverty. Furthermore, generating local employment can keep money circulating in the local economy, thus improving social and economic conditions for all.
Be It Resolved That:
CCEDNet - Manitoba urge the Province, utility corporations, housing providers, and Manitoba municipalities to ensure the creation, renovation, maintenance, and energy and water efficiency improvements for affordable housing incorporates employment development strategies that target low-income people, such as contracting social enterprises to do the work.