Unhealthy housing conditions, such as mould, pests and leaks, can be a serious risk for tenants, particularly those living on low income. The RentSafe initiative is a three-year project, led by the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPHCE) and supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to better understand Ontario tenants’ experiences with unhealthy housing conditions, and to seek solutions through intersectoral cooperation. On November 23, RentSafe put on a roundtable event at McMaster’s downtown Health Sciences Centre, inviting participants from different sectors and experiences: tenants, landlords, legal professionals, municipal enforcement, social service providers and academics to learn about RentSafe’s research results so far, share ideas and perspectives, and make recommendations for actions. More than 70 people attended a lively day of presentations, discussions and networking. In his role as MIHE Director, Dr. Jim Dunn sits on the advisory committee for the RentSafe initiative and offered the support of the Institute to organize and host this event at McMaster. The Institute also organized the kick-off event, a lecture by Dr. Megan Sandel on the connection between children’s health and housing.
For more information about the RentSafe initiative, please visit http://www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca/collections/rentsafe