Housing in St. John's

Year Published:  1983
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX2824

The Inter-Church Commission on the Social Impact of Resource Development was formed in 1980 by the Anglican, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, and United Churches in Newfoundland. Its main goal is to help communities deal with the social changes which off-shore oil and gas developments will bring. In 1982, the Commission released its Position Paper on HOUSING IN ST. JOHN'S.

The purpose of this study is first to ascertain what the present situation is with regard to the availability of low-income housing in St. John's; second, to determine what futher impact the development of offshore oil may have on loc-income housing; third to present an overview of what both the public and private sectors are doing now to alleviate the situation, as well as what researhc and planning they may be engaged in, relating to oil and gas development; foruth to make recommendations to the appropriate bodies based on teh findings of this paper. These recommendations, which call upon governments, churches, and other agencies to devote more of their resources to housing, are based on the principles that adequate shelter is a basic human right and that the quality of life in a community must be one of the highest priorities guiding planning and decision-making.

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