Homeless Action Week off to a start in BC

After a number of previous rallies demanding social housing, the Citywide Housing Coalition and members of Victoria's anti-poverty community went on a treasure hunt for the Province's missing $250 million Housing Endowment Fund. Last week the premier announced $41 million for housing but advocates were not impressed that the majority of the money would be used for shelters and not permanent housing (see CBC article, 'New funding to 'break cycle of homelessness' in B.C.: premier')

Homeless Action Week was kicked off this weekend when the Anti-Poverty Committee attempted to squat an empty building in the Downtown Eastside but were arrested while entering the building. They held a loud rally and march for affordable housing on Sunday. Meanwhile a group of homeless activisits have erected a tent city on a city-owned lot that is zoned for social housing. The Streams of Justice blog has photos and news about the tent city. This week the The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Miloon Kothari, will be hosting a public hearing and press conference in Vancouver, see more on David Eby's blog.