British Columbia - Housing

On January 30th, the BC provincial government announced that they were investing enough money to purchase or lease fifteen new properties to create and protect social housing across the province. The...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
PIVOT Legal Society and the Carnegie Community Action Project and other housing advocacy groups in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside are calling on the provincial Residential Tenancy Branch to impose...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
More than 50 pieces of art created by professional artists and community members, including ex-residents are on exhibit on the boarded up windows of the Little Mountain Housing complex. The Little...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
Last month the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCPA) surveyed the hotels in the Downtown Eastside and found 486 privately owned empty housing units. They did not count the many empty government-...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
During a press conference in Beijing, BC Premier Gordon Campbell was asked by international journalists about homelessness, addiction, poverty and protest during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Gordon...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
PIVOT Legal Society, the Carnegie Community Action Project, and the Impact of the Olympics on Community Coalition have launched a complaint to the UN about the living conditions of residents in...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, British Columbia
Activists stood on various street corners in different areas of Vancouver to protest the provincial and federal governments' lack of initiative toward housing and homelessness. Watch a video about...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
Yesterday, BC Housing Minister Rick Coleman announced the non-profit organizations that will be running the ten single-room occupancy hotels that the province bought last spring (Read the News...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
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...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
As the Olympics approaches, the need for the government to tackle homelessness becomes greater and greater. The current housing boom, driven by the market, neglects low income people, who do not...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
In July, women in the Downtown Eastside challenged Vancouver City council members to a House Swap. In a (Link removed - No longer exists) letter, the Power to Women group challenged the councillors...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Women, British Columbia
Last week, Rich Coleman, the BC Minister for Housing, announced in a Vancouver Sun article ("B.C. targets homeless with Riverview Project") that he planned to turn the old psychiatric institution,...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Mental Health, British Columbia
A joint draft response (in PDF) released today by the City of Vancouver's Housing Centre recommends that council and other levels of government immediately endorse the recommendations set out in...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
The BC Government has announced that the province plans to build 996 affordable housing units. The province is purchasing ten Single Room Occupancy Hotels in Vancouver and one in Victoria, as well as...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
In the last couple of months Vancouver has seen a lot of protest against the social and financial costs related to the Olympic Games (see No2010 and 2010Watch). Last week the PIVOT Legal Society and...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
The BC government called their recently announced 2007 Budget the housing budget but many critics including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives are asking where's the housing? Some highlights...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
According to research done by the PIVOT Legal Society (Link removed - No longer exists) and the Carnegie Community Action Project, one in five open lodging house rooms in Vancouver have been sold or...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia
In November, women who use the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) asked the centre to be remain open after regular hours and act as a shelter for homeless women. With the help of volunteers, the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous, Organizing, Women, British Columbia
Vancouver mayor, Sam Sullivan, has launched the Project Civil City (Link removed - No longer exists) to address "public disorder." According to the mayor the goals of the project are to eliminate...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Panhandling, Poorbashing, British Columbia
Government officials in Victora traditionally host a New Year's Levee when the public are invited into the main government building for food and beverages. For the past nine years, poor people and...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, British Columbia