Seth Klein and Lorraine Copas of SPARC BC have conducted research on the lack of social housing in BC. According to their 2010 findings, which can be found here, only 280 new units have been built in the last five years. Contributing to this problem is the lack of federal support for a national housing strategy, something New Democrat MP Libby Davies is trying to address through her Bill C-304.
TRAC strongly advocates for more non-profit housing because it is obvious that the market has not provided housing for everyone who needs it. For more information see our section on homelessness. To find more information on organizations that deal with non-profit housing see:
Rent supplements are one of the tools to help low-income tenants but they are not the entire answer. We also need new units of non-profit housing, especially given our aging demographics and the widening gap between rich and poor.
For information on Aboriginal Social Housing go here.
For additional information see: