2.12.40 - “To address veterans’ homelessness, we will move forward with building new, purpose-built accessible and affordable housing units”
The government pledged to move forward with the construction of affordable housing for veterans to address itinerance problems. The spring budget allocated resources to address various veteran issues; however, there is no evidence of the construction of new affordable housing for veterans.
“Budget 2021 proposes to provide $45 million over two years, beginning in 2022-23, for Employment and Social Development Canada to pilot a program aimed at reducing veteran homelessness through the provision of rent supplements and wrap-around services for homeless veterans such as counselling, addiction treatment, and help finding a job.”
“Budget 2021 proposes to provide an additional $15 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to Veterans Affairs Canada to expand and enhance the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund for projects that will support veterans during the post COVID-19 recovery, including addressing homelessness, employment, retraining, and health challenges.”
“Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence announced that 23 organizations have been awarded funds to either start or expand their activities in support of Veteran and family well-being. These organizations are doing things like: exploring new approaches to wellness for women Veterans; supporting the social and emotional well-being of Veterans’ children and caregivers; honouring the heritage and culture of Indigenous Veterans; and developing resources to enable formerly homeless Veterans to live independently.”