The federal government’s revamped national homelessness strategy doesn’t go far enough, according to the B.C. organization Alliance Against Displacement.
In an effort to cut the number of homeless people in half in 10 years, Ottawa is giving cities more money and fewer restrictions to put forward more local initiatives.
But Ivan Drury says $2.1-billion falls short of enough to help the province’s growing population being forced onto the streets by unaffordable rental and housing markets.
“It’s a drop in the bucket of what’s needed.”
Drury says the cost to build a non-market unit is more than $250,000 each
“It’s like 8,000 or 8,500 units across Canada and about 1,200 in B.C. if it was all put towards housing… over a 10 year period, which is completely inadequate.”
He says a better solution would be a program dedicated to building 77,000 non-market units a year across Canada, and about 10,000 a year in B.C.