On Tuesday, August 14, at a press conference in Ottawa, advocates released an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau signed by over 170 organizations and prominent Canadians, including United Way Centraide Canada, urging the Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing by enshrining that right in upcoming National Housing Strategy legislation.

The letter was penned by Amnesty International Canada, Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada, Canada Without Poverty, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, housing and homelessness researcher Emily Paradis, and the Social Rights Advocacy Centre. Supported by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, the letter outlines key requirements of right to housing legislation consistent with international human rights law.

The open letter has been posted to http://nhs.socialrights.ca/ where Canadians are asked to add their names to the call for a legislated right to housing in Canada.

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