Distinct Needs WG

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The Distinct Needs Working Group is one of the NHRC's longest-standing working groups, having existed in one form or another since 1987. It began as the Working Group on Housing for Special Needs and focused on research related to the housing needs of the elderly population. Since then it has grown to also include research on the housing needs of persons with disabilities. The Working Group objectives include:

  • Invite guest speakers to elaborate on research that has been undertaken or underway that focuses on populations with distinct needs, such as seniors & persons with disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and immigrants
  • Explore options, solutions and strategies to improve living conditions, and expand access to and choice of appropriate, affordable and quality housing
  • Facilitate the exchange of information between Working Group members on the status of each other's distinct housing needs research; and its implications from the clients' perspective
  • Identify research gaps and issues that have become apparent and identify new distinct need populations
  • Identify and document the value of housing to positive health and societal outcomes

The current co-chairs of the Distinct Needs Working Group are Neil MacDonald, Housing Nova Scotia and Janet Kreda, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

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