Why is housing a health issue?
Shelter is one of the most fundamental requirements for good health. Inadequate housing and homelessness leads to increased illness and premature death from infectious, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, mental illness and fatal injuries.
The cost of housing
Housing is considered affordable if it costs less than 30% of before-tax household income according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This leaves enough money left over to pay for other necessities, such as food, clothing, transportation, daycare, dental care and internet.
In both Simcoe And Muskoka almost half of renters (47%) spend 30% or more of their household total income on rent and one quarter (20%) of home owners spend 30% or more on shelter costs (NHS, 2011).