January 6, 2010
Media Release - Needed: Freedom to Build—For the Homeless
Winnipeg: The Frontier Centre for Public Policy today released a backgrounder on Canada’s homeless population. It examines the role of regulation in reducing the supply of low-cost housing. Freedom to Build, by researcher Fergus Hodgson notes that:
The study notes that the policy responses, while numerous, have not addressed the primary cause: the restrained supply of private housing, which for the last two decades has been a significant reason the homeless proportion of the population has grown so rapidly.
“Estimates vary on homelessness but that anyone is homeless in Canada is tragic” writes the study’s author, Fergus Hodgson. “Rather than address the symptom, homelessness, let us focus on the cause, a lack of housing, and do away with the numerous, cumbersome, shortsighted and destructive impediments to housing access.
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