Healthy Homes - Habitation saine

 
 
Every person deserves affordable, livable housing. In many low income neighbourhoods, tenants live with mold, pests, broken elevators, and other challenges because landlords will not do the repairs needed. ACORN Canada members fight for landlord licensing, building inspections, and stronger enforcement of maintenance rules and by-laws.
 
See our Healthy Homes demands here.
 

Ottawa Citizen: University of Ottawa law students organize comedy show for good cause

OTTAWA — For a change, lawyers will be telling the jokes.

Law students from the University of Ottawa are organizing a fundraising comedy show in support of Ottawa ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), an organization of low to moderate income families uniting communities for justice.

The show will take place Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. at The Draft Pub, 801 King Edward Ave., 2nd floor. The cover charge is $10 and all proceeds are going to ACORN.

Media Advisory: Silence from Ontario Liberal leadership candidates on issues affecting low income communities

(Toronto, ON) – To find out where Ontario’s next premier stands on some of the issues that matter to low and moderate income communities across the province, Ontario ACORN have distributed a survey to all of the candidates for leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. The results are disappointing.

Ontario ACORN’s survey asked candidates, on behalf of more than 20,000 members of ACORN across Ontario, to make clear commitments to deal with high remittance fees, unsafe and unaffordable housing, Ontario’s inadequate minimum wage, and inhumane welfare and disability support systems.

Langley Advance: Protesters call for tenancy protection

BC ACORN members rally in Langley for Healthy Homes.It's ironic that Sue Collard now lives in Langley, in the riding of local MLA and housing minister Rich Coleman, the activist says.

Collard was in front of Coleman's constituency office at the Langley Events Centre on Friday along with other members of ACORN Canada to rally for better tenant protection.

Collard became a high-profile face in the fight for tenants rights starting in 2010 after the former Kwantlen Park Manor resident petitioned the residential tenancy branch about disrepair in her home.

Landlord Gurdyal Singh Sahota was slapped with a $115,000 fine for failing to maintain the water damaged apartment building in Surrey earlier this year.

The fine was waived in October, providing Sahota completes all repairs and helped resettle his tenants.

"My building is still in disrepair," Collard said on Friday.

Along with a group of other tenants and activists, she visited Coleman's office to deliver a letter and ask for changes.

They asked for government action against bad landlords, unhealthy conditions in apartments, and for action to preserve the province's rental housing stock.

BC ACORN Members Take Action for Healthy Homes

BC ACORN members rally for Healthy HomesIt has been apparent for years that the Residential Tenancy Act leaves renters in BC with an impotent dispute resolution process which offers scant protection from predatory landlords. The stories of abused tenants are legion; however the Liberal government continues to callously ignore their plight at every turn.

The first ever $115,000 administrative penalty against the infamous slumlord family, the Sahotas, has been negotiated away while repairs to the Surrey building connected to that penalty remains unrepaired. Worse still the tenant who fought for repairs, Sue Collard, has been forced out of the building!

Tenant harassment continues unabated in British Columbia, as do rent-evictions and reno-evictions. The scourge of black mold ravages the health of tenants both young and old, and simple repairs remain as difficult to get done as ever.

Halifax Media Co-op: The Black, Moldy Side of Atlantic Living

Dartmouth, NS – It's been an interesting few days for Jessica Basterache.

img 6766Last Thursday, the Halifax Media Co-op was invited to report on the slum-style conditions of the basement floor of the low-rise on Jackson Road in North Dartmouth, where Basterache was living.

Her apartment, as well as several other vacant, unlocked units, had serious black mold issues, which is extremely dangerous to human health. There was also serious cosmetic damage to the basement hallway, with holes punched and kicked in the drywall. There was no lock on the back door of the building entrance, and the hallway was missing fire extinguishers.

Prior to the article being published, the HMC attempted unsuccessfully to contact Atlantic Living Property Management, the new owners of the Jackson Road low-rise, and numerous other investments in the area and beyond. 

Dartmouth ACORN Members Come Together to Fight for Healthy Homes

Nova Scotia ACORN member Jessica Bastarache has lived with mould, rats, a rotting bathroom and broken entrance in her building for two years. While it was hard to imagine the situation worsening, on December 3rd she came home to find a sheriff’s notice of eviction.

Atlantic Living currently owns the property and while they didn’t initiate the eviction, they stood firmly by it and even claimed when speaking to a reporter that Jessica caused the damages to the building. The eviction was initiated shortly after she went to the media about her living conditions.

With the help of 40 ACORN members and allies marching on Atlantic Living’s office on Tuesday, Jessica made an example out of slumlords that bully tenants.

Halifax ACORN member rally for Healthy Homes.

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