McKenney promises to end chronic homelessness in next term.
“We are in a climate crisis. We have a housing emergency. Let’s just do the right thing. Let’s just say, ‘Not for a parking lot. Do not take away people’s housing for parking lot."
"The key thing is, it costs millions-upon-millions of dollars to keep people in shelters, hotel rooms, and temporary housing every year when all that (money) should be going to housing loss prevention and keeping people housed."
Coun. Catherine McKenney, council’s liaison for housing and homelessness, warned colleagues the rental rates for affordable housing in the Hazelview project could still be unaffordable for many families: “This is a bit of a break on some rent, but that’s it."
“Without a plan for how we’re going to respond to what’s happened through COVID-19 and how we’re going to respond to the recovery as we come out of it, we’re going to find ourselves in a place where more people have fallen into homelessness."
“Two federal ministers go out yesterday and make an announcement with CMHC about private funding to a private developer that’s going to give us 65 pseudo-affordable units, and they think that is success. As a city, we are falling further and further behind every single day. We have to at least put the pressure on the federal government.”
Ottawa city councillor Catherine McKenney’s motion to declare a housing and homeless emergency in the national capital passed unanimously at city council.
When a number of agencies serving the homeless population lost federal funding, threatening their existence, McKenney led the initiative to provide financial assistance to these agencies, helping them continue operations while they found a new funding model.