Why is it that Vancouver's disadvantaged are not given priority for the new social housing units being constructed at the Athlete's Village?
I’ve been reading a lot of stories lately about how the cost of social housing in Vancouver has skyrocketed to almost $600,000 per unit. With homelessness still being an urgent problem in Vancouver, clearly something must be done to address this pressing social issue.
The one thing that has always struck me as odd is the fact that there are no residency requirements for all the new social housing being built and paid for by Vancouver taxpayers. That’s right, in theory, all that social housing being built in Vancouver could be turned over to people from in Burnaby, Port Moody and Richmond.
It's doubtful that most city taxpayers know that the social housing they’re helping to pay for may never actually go to helping get Vancouver's disadvantaged and homeless off the streets.
How it works is people in need of social housing units put themselves on a BC Housing wait list. When units become available, BC Housing reviews the wait list and determines who is entitled to move into them. There is no requirement that social housing units funded in whole or in part by Vancouver taxpayers will actually go to needy Vancouver residents – full stop.
So is it fair that Vancouver citizens may not have preferential treatment when it comes to accessing social housing built by the City? Let us know what you think.