« WE CAN NOT WAIT ANY LONGER TO FIX THE HOUSING CRISIS IN ABITIBI-TEMISCAMINGUE »

OTTAWA – NDP MP Christine Moore asks the government to immediately take meaningful actions to address the unprecedented housing crisis that afflicts Abitibi-Temiscamingue. The local population cannot afford to wait until the next election to see a resolution of this crisis.  

As pointed out by the FRAPRU, the region has been afflicted by a dearth of affordable housing for many years. Along with the economic upswing resulting from mining developments, our region is faced with a sad reality : low income households are unable to find decent and affordable dwellings. Across Abitibi-Temiscamingue, we can number only 1545 social housing units – the majority of which earmarked for the elderly – whereas more than 500 households are on the regional waiting list.

« I have asked the government to adapt the programs for our small municipalities. Administrative requirements for rural communities are oftentimes wholly unrealistic when taking the size of projects in consideration. Furthermore, access to the programs should be guaranteed for rural communities. Program access is monopolized by urban centers at the costs of smaller municipalities » the MP claims.

Last Thursday, Christine Moore speaking in the House of Commons, asked the government to unblock immediately the funds indexed for the government’s social housing plan. Unfortunately, today, the Trudeau liberals voted against a motion seeking to accomplish just that and are withholding the money.

Christine Moore will keep on demanding that the government act on the urgent needs of Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Link to the September 27th speech from Christine Moore: https://youtu.be/5LzTp0LNSm8