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A crowd of about 150 people marched through the downtown this morning, calling for government action in support of affordable housing.
Organizers said the purpose of the march is to draw attention during the federal election campaign to the lack of affordable housing across the country.
John Hutton, executive director of the John Howard Society of Manitoba, told the crowd that a lack of affordable housing is a major factor contributing to crime.
"Prisons are a very poor form of social housing," Hutton said to the group that met at 10 a.m. at the corner of Kennedy Street and York Avenue, opposite the Law Courts building and the Remand Centre.
The event is part of the national Red Tent March for Housing campaign which is holding similar marches in major cities across the country.
The crowd marched north along Kennedy, chanting and singing protest songs, along Portage Avenue to Carlton Street and ended at Ellen and McDermot, the site of an housing agency for immigrants.