University women’s group advocates for inclusive community

Housing has been a concern of the Canadian Federation of University Women dating back to 1992

To the Editor,

Housing has been a concern of the Canadian Federation of University Women dating back to 1992 when we passed a resolution to “urge all levels of government to co-operate in establishing comprehensive plans for land use, which will guarantee affordable housing within community developments”.

Again, in 1999, 2000 and 2006 we urged all levels of government to address the issue of poverty and affordable housing.

In 2009, CFUW-Nanaimo urged this city council “to develop a housing policy that includes the needs of all on the continuum, in all regions of the city – the homeless, the working poor, people with disabilities, the middle class and the wealthy – in such a manner that we are all part of one community not merely segmented ghettos linked by a highway.”

Our city is now attempting to implement such policies. CFUW-Nanaimo applauds them for this action on this urgent and vital matter. The end result will be a more integrated and healthier community.

It is incumbent upon us to support all citizens in such a manner as to maximize health, education and a sense of community within our boundaries.

Clearly, appropriate housing is part of this equation.

Constructive dialogue between the city and all citizens is required.

The city website (www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/departments/Community-Planning/4302/49740.html) is one place to start.

Let us all work toward an inclusive community.

Sheila Boutcher,

President, CFUW-Nanaimo

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