No Fixed Address: The Housing crisis in Canada

Year Published:  1982  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX2672

Abstract:  Canadian real-estate advertisements continue to promote the dream of home ownership, despite the fact that relatively few detached, single-family dwellings are being build today. This dream of land and a home of one's own has not always existed in North America. NO FIXED ADDRESS shows Canada's Native people had a completely different relationship to land and shelter. "How can you buy and sell the land? The idea is sttrange to su," one Chief said.

New immigrants to North America, faced with land enclosure and high unemployment in Europe, were attracted by ads promising land and shelter for all. But the process of industrialization forced a separation between home and the workplace. Houses came to be treated as a commodity which could be bought and sold in the marketplace.

What can we do about the present housing crisis? As the slide show suggests, "Those of us who feel we have a right to decent, affordable housing will want to examine alternatives and look at new initiatives." Alternatives are suggested through interviews with people who are members of either tenant's organizations or housing co-operatives. The new initiatives include suggestions for neighbourhood control over decisions affecting the financing, planning, and construction of housing in the particular area.

NO FIXED ADDRESS is available for rental or sale throughout Canada from DEC Films. Price list is available on request: approximate range for rentals range from $15 to $30.

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