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Why Poverty in BC & Canada is Complex
.We have a lot of people in media and politics denying the causes but let's work together to actually fix the problems. WE NEED SOLUTIONS, NOW!!!
Condos don’t have to be this city’s only saving grace, of course, but looking around you wouldn’t know that. We are starved for options in this city. You have your single-family homes, increasingly available only to millionaires, and your glass towers of one and two-bedroom condos where we are told young people should be able to start families or otherwise put down roots. The obvious problem being that families grow while condos do not and Vancouver conspicuously lacks several rungs along the property ladder that would allow for more young people to stay here as they move through the natural and normal phases of life.
It’s the lack of options, as much as the actual cost of housing, which is compounding our crisis. Given this, it would have been opportune for the provincial government to offer some support for a breadth of housing options in last week’s provincial budget, including for those who are content to rent. Many people in Vancouver have let go of the idea of private home ownership as a life goal altogether. Our institutions, however, are slow to catch up.
The Tyee has some great ideas
http://thetyee.ca/News/2016/02/10/Vancouver-Housing-Tipping-Point/Ways to change the #Vancouver housing crisis - w/some made-in-#YYC solutions | https://t.co/N8HBGhpdZR | #housing #donthave1million #cdnpoli— Becca Mac Donald (@BeccaLMacD) February 12, 2016
"My younger child is sleeping in my master bathroom," said the mother of two, gripping the podium tightly.
On the verge of tears, she discouraged everyone from dismissing the city's infamous housing crisis as an issue unique to entitled millennials seeking home ownership, or baby boomers "living high on the hog," unwilling to be proactive about the skyrocketing real estate market. Both Lloyd and her husband have PhDs, and are unable to afford more than a tiny two-bedroom condo.
Vancouver’s housing crisis: No, not like before, and not like anywhere else (except Hong Kong)
"Try discussing Vancouver’s affordability crisis with enough baby boomers and you’ll probably encounter two corrosive falsehoods.
The first states that Vancouver might be unaffordable, but it’s been like this before. The second states that even if Vancouver has become particularly unaffordable recently, other “world-class” cities are being hit to the same degree everywhere, and Vancouverites should get used to it, because it’s the new normal.
For full effect, these sage observations are best delivered with a worldly sigh. Maybe a kindly pat on the head."
#Vancouver realtor not sold @christyclarkbc's plan to ban shadow flipping will solve affordability issues https://t.co/ATCiDzA8Qx #VanRE— CKNW (@CKNW) March 19, 2016
Many Vancouver real estate firms failing to follow anti-money laundering laws: watchdog #vanre https://t.co/vDRcZbwMqy— Global BC (@GlobalBC) March 19, 2016
Nice of @christyclarkbc to close the barn door after the horse is gone: BC Government to end shadow flipping https://t.co/sn6Aunij4U #vanre— Citizen White Rock (@CitizenWR) March 18, 2016
Problem in #VanRE isn't greedy individuals or bad apples, but a system that rewards greed & generates corruption.— Derrick O'Keefe (@derrickokeefe) March 18, 2016
For laidback Vancouver, first sign of real political fire lit under housing market #VanRE https://t.co/ZKf1ygs6QM via— Sam Cooper (@scoopercooper) March 17, 2016
“People are really upset about what’s happening,” Eby said.
“Their wages have no connection to the amount of money that is being charged for rent and for housing to buy. The frustration that people have is they think their kids aren’t going to be able to afford to live here, they see the communities they love really no longer belonging to the community.
“And the idea of their community — where people could live there and work in the Lower Mainland — is disappearing.”
Eby called for provincial government action and said he expected the event to gain their attention.
“There’s all kinds of solutions available to them to rein in some of the speculation that’s happening, to reign in some of the international capital that’s coming into our market,” Eby said.
“They need to act and this meeting is a symbol of people’s frustration and their demand that the provincial government act.”
Onni Milne, in her 60s, a Point Grey resident, said she’s been made “so angry” by Vancouver’s housing situation.
“It is just horrifying to hear about the number of people who are looking for affordable housing and what they get is slum lords and what they get is disaster, and what they get is no housing,” Milne said.
Hundreds gather at townhall meeting, frustrated with housing crisis #VanREhttps://t.co/Ese5fLio59 pic.twitter.com/1c95es0BZ6— CKNW (@CKNW) March 17, 2016
It's time to demand our governments to do something about #VanRE housing prices spiralling out of control #bcpoli https://t.co/49DCNwS4H7— J (@dontgot1mil) March 10, 2016
http://globalnews.ca/news/2588323/many-vancouver-real-estate-firms-failing-to-follow-anti-money-laundering-laws-watchdog/?sf22841516=1This article https://t.co/AZzXC6jNlU v.@CBCNews no better, concluding "build more" is what needs to be done. #VanRE— mtnbvan™ (@mtnbvan) March 10, 2016
Frustration boils over as residents speak about #Vancouver's #housing crisis https://t.co/Nj37cfRRaH cc @OneCityVan pic.twitter.com/BsG07t1TVY— National Observer (@NatObserver) March 18, 2016
This study is from 2014- And then we just brought in 50,000 more- so we need to adjust these numbers so make that 300,000 homeless people in Canada.@MayorGregor why are heritage houses being demolished? #foreignowners #housing #realestateprices #crisis #Vancouver https://t.co/qUczenHpgB— Catherine Banfield (@GeoGrl) March 4, 2016
IS THIS ACCEPTABLE?
"Conservatively, Larkin says there are an estimated 250,000 people who experience homelessness in any given year in Canada, and another 50,000 estimated “hidden homeless” (those couch surfing or squatting in buildings)."
http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2016/02/24/vancouver-lawyer-makes-submissions-to-un-on-housing-crisis.html#Vancouver lawyer raises #housing crisis issue at the UN https://t.co/EcwiCwxzkp via @vancouvermetro #dtes #yvr— Maria Ana Victoria E (@mavic_e) February 26, 2016