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ARTICLE | The intersection of housing affordability and climate action

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ARTICLE | The intersection of housing affordability and climate action

Poverty Reduction, Affordable Housing, Climate Change, Homepage Resources, CCT Publications, Climate Transitions, Jorge Garza

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This article by Cayo Costa and Jorge Garza explores the connections between two intersecting crises affecting people living in Canada: those of climate change and housing affordability.

Communities across Canada are developing promising solutions to build more equitable, resilient and future-ready neighbourhoods, from inclusionary zoning to retrofitting. Here, the authors discuss the impacts of climate change and housing affordability on communities, providing examples of solutions to address this interconnected challenge while presenting a list of guiding questions to take action at the community level.


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