Right to Housing is a coalition that advocates for quality, affordable housing for low-income people in Manitoba. United Church congregations have been involved since we began this work, over 15 years ago. Right to Housing is now asking supporting groups to write to the Premier and their own MLA to support the campaign “Keep Public Housing Public”. The worry is that the provincial government will leave a legacy of poverty and homelessness if the current stock of public housing disappears into the private sector.
Please see the action and its three steps here: https://righttohousing.ca/keep-public-housing-public/
The suggested email to Premier Pallister notes in part, “great concern for the direction that Manitoba Housing is going in by following the KPMG report recommendations to privatize public housing as has taken place in other jurisdictions like Australia, Great Britain, and New Zealand.” For further background, a critique of the KPMG report is here. The full report itself is here.
The local United Church congregations, especially from the immediate neighbourhood of the empty Kapyong houses, have been involved from the very beginning. Young, St. Andrew’s River Heights and Harrow United Churches are among the many who have been involved. They invite your action in solidarity with the common good of public, affordable housing.