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.