$80 million for BC's homeless
BC Premier Gordon Campbell announced this deal today, which promises $80 million, partially for acquiring and running 11 SRO (single room occupancy) hotels, ten of which are in Vancouver.
It seems like a step in the right direction...but who gets to live in these places? And who decides who gets to live in these places?
"In addition to the single room occupancy hotels, the province will also fund seven other supportive housing developments, four existing properties in Burnaby and Victoria that will be converted to supportive housing and three new supportive housing developments to be built in Vancouver, all on city-owned land," he said.
The seven supportive housing developments will provide 287 units new low-rent housing for the mentally ill and people with addictions.
The announcement means there will be a total of 996 affordable housing units made available to low-income people.