Community Inclusion Month 2021 – Opening the Door to Inclusive Housing
We wanted to share a post published by Inclusion BC on October 4th about Inclusion Month. This year, Inclusion BC has set the focus for Inclusion Month on Inclusive Housing. This important topic is near & dear to our hearts at Community Ventures Society. Throughout October, we will be covering a variety of topics related to Inclusion. Here is some more information from Inclusion BC about Inclusive Housing –
The B.C. government has proclaimed October 2021 as Community Inclusion Month. In the month of October, communities across B.C. are promoting inclusion, celebrating diversity, and bringing awareness to the strengths and abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In 2010 the Canadian Government agreed to follow the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). This official document helps governments and communities protect the human rights of people with disabilities. Article 19 in the UNCRPD says people with disabilities have the right to live independently and be included in the community.
This year Community Inclusion Month will focus on inclusive housing, because all people have the right to live and belong in their community and everyone deserves a place to call home.
From years of working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and the organizations that serve them, we know that:
- Inclusive housing builds strong and accessible communities where everyone belongs, feels valued, and has the chance to contribute,
- Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face barriers like poverty, isolation, and need housing that is safe, affordable, accessible and,
- To be truly inclusive all housing must consider the unique needs of all people.
At CVS, we know first-hand how important inclusive housing is to the individuals we serve and their families.
For more information about this topic, please visit the Inclusion BC website at https://inclusionbc.org/community-inclusion-month-2021/.