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Housing co-op members rally to raise awareness about 'looming housing crisis'

More than 100 people rallied on Parliament Hill over the noon hour Wednesday in a bid to raise awareness about expiring federal housing assistance.

Many of the demonstrators live in housing co-ops and like Krystyl Randall, who lives in South Keys, they're worried about what will happen once the federal housing agreements and rental top-ups come to an end in 2020.

"This means my son and I will have to leave our home," Randall said. "We will not be able to afford to continue living there and I honestly don't know where my son and I will be going because we have no one to turn to."

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada estimates more than 50,000 low-income Canadians will be affected by the agreements; they're calling on all levels of government to work together to safeguard existing homes using long-term, cost-shared rent supplement programs.

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