JD Hulchanski - Centre for Urban and Community Studies
University of Toronto
"Housing is not just another optional commodity. It is a fundamental necessity for health and well-being, and therefore a problem that is relevant to public policy. Adequate housing, like adequate health care, is a recognized human rights obligation. Households that are unable to generate market demand for a basic necessity in a society that relies almost exclusively on markets, are generating social need (or “non-market demand”). Society can respond to social need only by changing the institutional arrangements that are responsible for the failure to meet these social needs. There are many ways to do this, but relying on so-called trickle-down effects from subsidies to those who are already well-off are not among them."