Pathways From Homelessness- A Global Solution - Sep12
EVERYONE DESERVES A PLACE TO LIVE!!!
Research has shown that only 10% of cities worldwide are affordable. The rate of urbanization has increased at an unprecedented pace and has led to the increased demand for affordable housing. Cities nationwide are experiencing housing-related challenges, with a growing share of the population unable to afford to rent or own a home. We now live in a society where housing is seen as a commodity and not as a human right.
Join us for a one day conference to tackle the global challenge of homelessness. The Conference will bring together policy makers and practitioners from across the world to learn, engage and explore housing solutions and strategies to solve the housing affordability crisis.
The focus will be not only on current policy and practice but also how we can collaborate and commit to ending homelessness at a local, national and global level.
Juha Kaakinen- CEO, Y-Foundation (Finland)
Juha is the CEO of the non-profit Y-Foundation providing homes for 6500 former homeless people in Finland.
The Y-Foundation is one of the key national developers of the Housing First principle in Finland. The Y-Foundation offers affordable rental housing and encourages public discussion on themes related to homelessness, He studied literature, philosophy and sociology at the University of Helsinki.
Ewan Aitken- CEO, Cyrenians (Edinburgh)
Ewan is the Chief Executive of https://cyrenians.scot/ and a leader in providing support for people who are living on the margins, and who are at risk of becoming homeless. The founding of the charity is built on the commitment to tackling homelessness, and they continue to build on this commitment, seeking innovative ways to prevent homelessness, offering housing advice and providing supported housing for young people.
More speakers to be announced.
The event also features a special screening of the highly acclaimed documentary PUSH: The Film. (http://www.pushthefilm.com/) Directed by Swedish director Fredrik Gertten, the film examines how the financial sector has turned housing to a commodity for financial gain.
The event takes place on the grounds at 440 Unwin Ave and will also feature the following exhibits
Shipping Container Housing
Pre-Fab Modular Housing