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  • Basic Income Town Hall

    Basic Income Town Hall

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    Did you know a basic income is coming to Hamilton? Or that 1,000 Hamilton residents will be participating in a basic income pilot project? Want to learn more about a basic income? Or find out if you’re eligible for the 3-year pilot? Join us! Monday, May 29 7:00 – 9:00 pm Hamilton Public Library – …

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  • ‘It’s more than a good start’: How province’s housing measures hit Hamilton

    ‘It’s more than a good start’: How province’s housing measures hit Hamilton

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    Some housing measures promised by the province Thursday were encouraging to market watchers in Hamilton, where prices have been rising by double digits for years. “It’s more than a good start, it’s a willingness to engage on this issue substantively and not just on the margins,” said Sara Mayo, who studies housing issues at the …

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  • As province moves to cool Toronto housing, what happens in Hamilton?

    As province moves to cool Toronto housing, what happens in Hamilton?

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    As Toronto’s extreme housing market gets attention from all three levels of government this week, what do the options they’re considering to cool things down in the GTA mean for Hamilton? Toronto average home prices shot up 33 per cent in a year, March numbers showed. But Hamilton average prices rose at nearly the same …

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  • Committee backs amended anti-poverty plan that aims at housing

    Committee backs amended anti-poverty plan that aims at housing

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    Hamilton councillors have approved a 10-year, $50-million, poverty-fighting plan that puts the focus on affordable housing. The plan approved unanimously Wednesday is an amended one from the one presented to the committee and worked out after broad consultation with many community groups. That plan contained a lot of specific program or actions and the new motion …

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  • 80 per cent of Hamilton food bank users spend half of income on rent

    80 per cent of Hamilton food bank users spend half of income on rent

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    By Molly Hayes An inflated housing market and climbing rent prices are creating a growing reliance on food banks and leaving Hamiltonians on the brink of homelessness, poverty activists warn. According to Hamilton Food Share — a not-for-profit umbrella organization that represents 11 food banks across the city — a growing number of people are …

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  • 1 in 5 Hamilton children impoverished: SPRC study

    1 in 5 Hamilton children impoverished: SPRC study

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    By Steve Buist A new study of economic data shows poverty remains a persistent problem in Hamilton’s lower inner city. The overall poverty rate was 24 per cent combined for wards 1 through 5, based on tax-filer data for 2014 released by Statistics Canada. About 34 per cent of all children in the five lower …

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