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City of Ottawa declares ‘historic’ affordable housing and homelessness emergency – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 2020147 Views

January 29, 2020

City councillors voted unanimously on Wednesday to pass a motion declaring a homelessness and affordable housing emergency in the nation’s capital.

The motion also demands “a special emphasis on Indigenous homelessness,” given the overrepresentation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis among the homeless population in Ottawa.

Coun. Catherine McKenney previously tabled the motion.

“Our community needs a response to homelessness that works not only for those experiencing homelessness, but for all the people in Ottawa,” said McKenney last week.

“Unless we work together across all levels of government, it will continue to get worse.”

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