Unpacking the Housing Numbers How much new social housing is BC building?, 2010

The lack of housing units built since the 1990’s is shocking! Compare 280 housing units built between 2005 and 2010 to 20,000 to 30,000 units built between the mid-1970s and early 1990s. It’s clearly an injustice to put the blame on anyone else but our governments – all levels. Getting a job, going back to school, moving are not getting at the root of the problem. It’s like renters blaming the landlords, homeowners, and property management companies. In the 1970’s we had the support of our elders regarding the social support systems in Canada. Today a lot of our current elders feel the problem belongs to those younger than them and they should just “pull up their socks and get it done!” I have spoken with many seniors when I worked in a retail store about ways our government could improve the quality of our drinking water and I always get the same response: “I’ve been drinking the same water for 40 years and I’ve never gotten sick” followed by “I don’t care. I’m going to be dead soon.” Doesn’t everyone have a responsibility to care for the most vulnerable in our communities, just like our elders did years ago? Click here to read the full report or an excerpt below.

Taken together, the government’s own data indicate an overall net increase of only 280 actual social housing units over the past five years, a sobering and concerning finding.

In contrast, between the mid-1970s and early 1990s, with the help of the federal government, BC created between 1,000 and 1,500 new units of social housing per year.

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