OLD NEWS: Housing as a fundamental human right & national housing legislation

“Adequate housing is a fundamental human right that is recognized in international law, including the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Canada is a party. Yet the fact remains that 1.7 million people in Canada are living in homes that are inadequate or unaffordable. Another 25,000 Canadians are chronically homeless. This is unacceptable in a country … Continue reading OLD NEWS: Housing as a fundamental human right & national housing legislation

Province buys beleagured Patricia Hotel, two other DTES properties, to house Strathcona Park campers, others

“Our government is committed to providing the housing with supports vulnerable people in our community need so no one is forced to live outside in unsafe conditions,” Melanie Mark, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, said in the release. https://www.straight.com/news/province-buys-beleagured-patricia-hotel-two-other-dtes-properties-to-house-strathcona-park Continue reading Province buys beleagured Patricia Hotel, two other DTES properties, to house Strathcona Park campers, others

What’s in BC’s Budget for Homelessness? Not Much New

The risk of not housing people was clear. This spring, rising COVID-19 cases in some Downtown Eastside buildings as well as a dysentery outbreak among homeless and poorly-housed people in the neighbourhood highlighted the risks for people living without access to bathrooms or places to wash their hands, or sharing tents and tiny single-room occupancies. … Continue reading What’s in BC’s Budget for Homelessness? Not Much New

Homeless people are our brothers and sisters

Clinical psychologist Sam Tsemberis acted when he saw homeless programs in New York were not working. Homeless people had to show they had overcome addiction and mental illness, and found work, before getting housing. Social agencies were putting the cart before the horse by not housing them first. https://www.saultstar.com/opinion/homeless-people-are-our-brothers-and-sisters Continue reading Homeless people are our brothers and sisters

An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind

Neither these catastrophic outcomes nor the misgivings of police themselves have produced an answer to the obvious question: How should society handle these kinds of incidents? If not law enforcement, who should intervene? https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/12/cahoots-program-may-reduce-likelihood-of-police-violence/617477/ Continue reading An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind

Philanthropist offers a homeless solution

Nearly two years ago, philanthropist and builder Peter Wall met with the newly elected Vancouver mayor, Kennedy Stewart, and presented a plan to build close to 200 housing units in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, specifically for the most desperately in need. https://vancouversun.com/news/daphne-bramham-philanthropist-peter-wall-offers-a-homeless-solution Continue reading Philanthropist offers a homeless solution