The article below is courtesy of CJN (published February 26, 2016).
Affordable housing is a key starting point for improving the lives of low-income people and those with disabilities.
That was the key message from six speakers at an affordable housing panel event held Feb. 25 at the Al Green Theatre.
The event was one of many that took place during Toronto’s inaugural Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, hosted in February by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre.
The panelists – representing the private, non-profit and government sectors – addressed the current landscape of affordable housing in Toronto, and the challenges and best practices in providing affordable and accessible housing to people who need it.
The discussion was moderated by Alex Bozikovic, architecture critic for the Globe and Mail.
All of the speakers emphasized the need to provide people with disabilities affordable places to live that are modified to meet their needs and integrated into the community.
[…] Bryan Keshen is CEO of the non-profit agency Reena, which promotes inclusivity and independence for people with developmental disabilities.
It operates a community residence and purchases units in buildings to accommodate some of its individuals with disabilities, but Keshen said the non-profit sector shouldn’t be the only one providing this type of housing. […]
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Article author: Jodie, Shupac