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Published on February 3, 2014

Author: WellesleyInstitute



The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, presented to the Canadian Federation of Medical Students on Feb 2 at their national conference in Ottawa. He focused on the links between good housing and good health, and the critical role that federal investments play in assuring that all Canadians have access to good quality, healthy and affordable housing.

Health and your home Michael Shapcott The Wellesley Institute CFMS, February 2014

Research and policy institute???

Toronto 1911: Founding of Wellesley Hospital

“The health of Toronto must necessarily mean the health of its citizens. It must mean, too, the continued progress and development of Toronto along desirable lines. ...but I fear, in all candour one must confess that this city, in common with every large city, has acquired inevitable ‘slum districts’... You will probably say: “But Toronto has few such areas and they are not of great extent!” I say, and I think you will agree with me, that Toronto wants none of them, and that the Toronto of the future which we like to contemplate will have none of them.” ! Dr. H.A. Bruce Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario 1934

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Equity, access, income and social determinants of health

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“After 20 years of continuous decline, both inequality and poverty rates have increased rapidly in the past 10 years, now reaching levels above the OECD average.” OECD (2008), Growing Unequal? : Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries

Selected policy recommendations for OECD countries from Divided We Stand • Reforming tax and benefit policies is the most direct instrument for increasing redistributive effects. Large and persistent losses in low-income groups following recessions underline the importance of government transfers and well-conceived income-support policies. • The growing share of income going to top earners means that this group now has a greater capacity to pay taxes. In this context governments may reexamine the redistributive role of taxation to ensure that wealthier individuals contribute their fair share of the tax burden.

OECD social expenditures Canada 32nd out of 34 Toronto 1911: Founding of Wellesley Hospital

From poor to rich: Key household spending categories Survey of Household Spending 2011

Systems thinking: How interconnections in complex, dynamic world impact our lives and our health

Wellesley Urban Health Model

Practical proposals: The Mexico City Charter

Four observations: ! ! 1.Housing insecurity deep / persistent 2.Costly to people, communities, economy, government 3.Federal housing / homelessness investments eroding 4.No comprehensive national plan

Most housing needs invisible !

For renters, average market rents are outpacing renter household incomes Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 2010

Bad housing makes you sick! Homelessness: Increased morbidity Increased premature mortality Contextual: Individual / neighbourhood deprivation networks / friends / crime Socio-economic: Affordability / energy Transportation / income / jobs Mental health: Alarming rates... especially Clinical depression and anxiety Control / meaning Collective efficacy Biological / physical: Chemicals, gases, pollutants Design (accidents) / crowding

Good housing good for health! Physical and mental health: Better health outcomes / decreased health care utilization Environment / physical infrastructure: New housing, repairs, heating, noise, indoor + outdoor environmental issues, allergens, water + sanitation Community safety: Reduced recidivism among people leaving incarceration Affordability interventions: Income-based housing subsidies

Federal housing investments as a percentage of GDP) 1.20% 1.10% 1.00% 0.90% 0.80% 0.70% 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 0.50% 1989 0.60% Government Revenues and Expenditures 2009

$3,250 $3,000 $2,750 $2,500 $2,250 $2,000 $1,750 17 20 16 20 15 20 14 20 13 20 12 20 11 20 10 20 09 20 08 20 20 07 $1,500 Federal housing investments (in millions) Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 2012

When the feds cut a dollar in housing investments… matching funds from provinces, territories, municipalities, community and business are lost

626,300 homes in 2007 492,500 homes in 2017 Loss of 133,800 homes 22% of entire stock 650000 600000 550000 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 450000 2007 500000 Federally subsidized homes Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 2012

Steve Pomeroy - Focus Consulting - 2012

Federal government reinvest savings gained from end of social housing agreements into programs that will enable providers to maintain their units as social housing Thank you!

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