Category Archives: Housing

Lawyer makes case for keeping Prince George homeless camps in place

By Mark Nielsen, Prince George Citizen Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The homeless living in a so-called tent cities will have no viable place to go if the court grants an order to remove them, the lawyer representing the group says in documents filed at the courthouse.

Very few of the roughly 81 emergency shelter beds in the city are low barrier making many of Prince George’s homeless ineligible to stay in them, lawyer Darlene Kavka says in responses to an application from city hall seeking an order to authorize occupants’ removal from sites at 538 Patricia Boulevard and 231-233 George Street.

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New UBC tool aims to bridge gap between housing needs and availability

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

UBC has developed a new Housing Assessment Resource Tool (HART) to identify sites that can be used to bridge the gap between housing needs and potential building sites in specific communities.

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BC announces maximum rent hike for 2022

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The British Columbia Ministry of Attorney General responsible for Housing has capped the maximum allowable 2022 rent increase for residential units at 1.5 per cent.

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Affordable rental crisis responsible for homelessness, says advocate

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Campbell River’s recent homeless count lists 116 people, a 43 percent increase over the 2018 tally, but is only one aspect of  the Strathcona Regional District’s rental affordability crisis.

“People who are paying 40, 50 or 60 percent of their income for a place to live, are usually a few paycheques away from joining the 116 people that we counted,” explained Sue Moen, the Salvation Army’s representative in the Campbell River & District Coalition to End Homelessness.

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BC offers rental subsidies for lower-income households and seniors

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The province of British Columbia currently provides two types of rental subsidies for eligible lower-income families and seniors through BC Housing, paid in monthly instalments toward home rent in the private market. On Cortes and Quadra Islands, seniors make up nearly a third of the population.

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