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BC Budget: Delayed Investments Will Only Make BC’s Housing Crisis Worse
Housing advocates express disappointment in 2020 provincial budget
Rents continue to rise faster than inflation across BC, with average rents in the purpose-built rental market increasing almost 6 percent between 2018 and 2019, and over 20 percent since 2016.
In 2017, the Co-op Housing Federation of BC and BC Non-Profit Housing Association released an Affordable Housing Plan for BC, which called on the provincial and federal governments to build 114,000 affordable homes between 2018 and 2028, including co‑operative and non-profit homes.
Budget 2019 promised the delivery of 15,940 new affordable homes by 2021/22. Budget 2020 reduces that promise to 13,515 new affordable homes in the same period.
HOUSING JUSTICE FOR ALL
On any given night, 35,000 people in Canada will be homeless; thousands will have no other option than to live
106 adults in Cranbrook experienced
ABSOLUTE HOMELESSNESS in 2016
13% of Cranbrook high school students
EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS in 2016
34% of surveyed adults 1st experienced homelessness
BEFORE THE AGE OF 17
Cranbrook’s Affordable Housing Gap
The State of Homelessness and Core Housing Need
Like many communities in BC, Cranbrook is facing a significant shortfall of affordable rental housing and ownership units. Affordable housing is a critical issue in addressing poverty, impacting both the local economy and overall quality of life. The attached report provides a snapshot of the current situation in Cranbrook, the resource and support available to support action, and it concludes with a community call to action the
THE HARD TRUTH
The 2016 vacancy rate in Cranbrook averaged <1.5%
49% of renter households in Cranbrook spend more than 30% of their before-tax income on rent and utilities and are generally considered to be living in unaffordable situations.
Over 19% of Cranbrook’s homeowners are spending more than 30% of their pre-tax
income on shelter.
22% of renter households in Cranbrook spend more than 50% of their before-tax income on rent and utilities and face critical affordability issues and may be forgoing other necessities.