Homeless crisis in Vancouver

by MarieLaurence on October 4, 2017 - 2:56pm

The article “4,000 people are now homeless in Greater Vancouver” by Jen St-Denis from Metro addresses the crisis of homeless people in Vancouver. In fact, he states that 4000 residents are now homeless compared to 2777 in 2014, which results of an increase of 26% every year since 2011. Moreover, it can be traduced by the fact that five people lose their housing each week due to a real estate boom and because more people are coming in the province for work which caused a raise of rents. Facing this major homelessness crisis, Vancouver lacks a poverty reduction plan to face the problem. However, many solutions are possible to improve the situation: increasing the social assistance rates and releasing a National Housing Strategy. In the article, the author is calling for the government’s help to reduce the rate of homeless people by addressing the increasing rates of homelessness from previouos years which regards a majority of people in Vancouver. Particularly, it is suggesting many solutions to make things progress such as the improvement and expansion of home care for those with chronic illness, the establishment of supported living programs for youth and an increase in the supply for residents that make less money. Finally, this emergency call from the author asks for a poverty reducing plan and an increase in social assistance for the citizens.

I think that homelessness is becoming a major issue in many cities and that government are sometimes caught off guards because they don’t have immediate resources to face the problem. However, in the case of Vancouver, the increase of homelessness was noted since 2011 (an increase of 26% per year). I cannot understand why the government did not establish a poverty reduction plan sooner, while the homelessness was only on the rise. Moreover, I think that without solving entirely the problem, the government could have invested some money to, at least, prevent the issue of becoming major has it is to this date. After all, waiting that long to establish a plan to reduce poverty, the government will not have saved any money, only delaying the problem.





I find that your article is interesting because it talks about a subject that is more or less communicated in the world. Also, I believe that we must take this article seriously since each year the number of homeless people continues to increase. Moreover, your article allows us to understand what the causes of this phenomenon are and to find the best solution which is great because the population can contribute to it.
It is true that Vancouver has not any action plan to help the homeless people. Thus, without helping these people, the number of homeless people increases year by year. Indeed, ‘’the growth in homelessness outside of the major urban centres of Vancouver and Surrey indicate suburban and rural communities are also under stress from a lack of housing and limited rental options, said Lorraine Copas, chair of the community advisory board for Metro’’(Chan,2017). Therefore, Vancouver is affected by this phenomenon and nobody can help these poor peoples because no one knows how to resolve or how to decay the number
of homeless people in the city. Thus, I am in agreement with your article because it shows that Vancouver is not able to find a reduction plan.
Source: Chan, C. (2017). Affordability crisis worsens homelessness in Metro Vancouver: Report. Vancouver Sun. Retrieved from http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/final-2017-homeless-count-number...

Marie Laurence's article is about Vancouver's increasing homelessness. This problem is major in the city, particularly since 2011, when the rates of homeless people increased drastically. It is evident that homelessness is a great issue in the world, but the fact that it increased so much since the past years and that the government doesn't do anything to solve the situation makes me think about the subject and I wanted to add a comment to the analysis. As said in the article "2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver" by BCNPHA, there are easy ways to address homelessness in the city which would decrease the rates. BCNPHA has a plan which is called the "Affordable Housing Plan" concerning the whole state of British Columbia. It supports the needs of episodically and chronic homeless people with the adoption of "Housing First Approach". Also, it recalls for a development of existing approaches and the access of a housing system. Thus, when Marie Laurence said the government didn't have any plans in mind to solve the problem of homelessness in Vancouver, they had not thought much about it because there are easy ways nowadays to decrease the rates. I agree with her analysis on the article because the government should really stop ignoring the problem before it gets even bigger.

Source: 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver. (2017). Retrieved from http://bcnpha.ca/metro-vancouver-homeless-count-2017/

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