Little talk on homeless: Chair – Metro US

Little talk on homeless: Chair

A “shocking number” of incumbent councillors did not answer a questionnaire posed to all municipal election candidates, said the chair of the Alliance to End Homelessness.

Only one-third of 129 candidates responded to a questionnaire focusing on commitment to affordable housing, reducing emergency shelter use, acting on human rights in housing and spending on poverty reduction.

“We were shocked that many of the council incumbents didn’t take the time to answer,” said Marion Wright.

“We’d think that they would want to speak to potential voters before the election.”

Individual candidates’ responses and comments will be released in a 19-page document, Homelessness and You in the 2010 Municipal Election, Friday.

The Alliance wanted to make housing and homelessness a defining issue in this upcoming election for several reasons, Wright said.