About the ‘Vote Housing’ campaign to end homelessness
Vote Housing is a national non-partisan campaign to end homelessness and make housing safe and affordable in Canada
As Canada reopens and vaccination rates increase, a federal election is anticipated for the fall. In anticipation of the election, the Vote Housing campaign launched on June 17, 2021 as a national, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy campaign led by the Canadian Lived Experience Leadership Network (CLELN), the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.
Updates from the Vote Housing Campaign
[Added Sep. 2, 2021] Vote Housing’s 2021 Federal Election Platform
Every day in Canada, 1.7 million households live in a home that is either unaffordable, overcrowded and/or needs major repairs, while 35,000 Canadians experience homelessness on any given night. Further, 36% of Canadians have been homeless themselves or know someone who has been homeless. Read the 2021 Federal Election Platform
[Added Aug. 20, 2021] It’s day 4 of the 36-day federal election and thousands of Vote Housing supporters are already working hard to spread the word about the campaign. Check out two quick things that you can do right now that will make a difference.
Get Visible Where You Live
Download a print-at-home window sign right now and display it in your window at your home or workplace. You can also get a weatherproof lawn/window sign and other supplies in our Supporter Kits that are available on our website. Any net proceeds from Supporter Kits go back into the campaign.
Stay Up-To-Date on Social Media
Ensure you don’t miss important updates by following Vote Housing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. After that, choose a post on Facebook and Twitter that resonates with you and share/retweet it. Even if just one more person reads it, you’ve made a difference today.
The Vote Housing Campaign is intended to harness the power of Canadians across the country to engage and mobilize to pledge to vote housing in the upcoming federal election, and ensure all political parties support making bold investments in affordable housing and ending homelessness. The campaign is supported and endorsed by coalition partners (including Calgary Housing Company!) but fueled by everyday Canadians.
The time to finally end homelessness and make housing safe and affordable is now. By completing a vote pledge, you will be added to the list of people who care about these issues, and want to engage in that they want their voice heard on Election Day.
Visit the Vote Housing Website for more information!
How can you help?
Pledge to vote housing in the federal election
Homelessness and the lack of access to safe, affordable housing on the scale we see it today has not always existed. The rise of modern mass homelessness and shortage of affordable housing in Canada began in the 1980s and is the direct result of federal withdrawal from affordable housing investment and cuts to social services. Policy and politicians helped create the homelessness and housing need we face today. And what they helped create, we will change one by one. Pledge to Vote Housing.
Volunteer for the Vote Housing Campaign
Vote Housing is looking for local organizers and volunteers to help with door knocking, phone calling and organizing, to help carry the message about the importance of ending homelessness and housing need, and encourage people to sign-up for the Vote Housing pledge. Sign up to Volunteer!
Learn more about Vote Housing
Refer to the links below for information about the Vote Housing Platform, to Pledge to Vote and how to get involved!
Vote Housing’s Platform
Vote Housing has developed 6 actionable policies that political parties should include in their platforms if they’re committed to ending homelessness and housing need in Canada.
Pledge to Vote Housing
Pledge to vote housing in the upcoming federal election and ensure all political parties support making bold investments in affordable housing and ending homelessness.
Follow and Share
Follow the campaign on social media and share it with your networks.
Sign up to Volunteer!
Vote Housing is looking for local organizers and volunteers to help with door knocking, phone calling and organizing, to help carry the message about the importance of ending homelessness and housing need.
The Vote Housing Coalition
Calgary Housing Company has endorsed the Vote Housing campaign along with 120+ diverse organizations from across the country who have contributed to or endorsed the campaign!