For Immediate Release: February 7, 2012
The Coalition of Progressive Electors says the newly announced membership of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability Task Force leaves many critical stakeholders out of the discussion. COPE is calling on the Mayor to revisit the list of members and make sure it more accurately reflects those in the city that have been advocates for affordable housing for years.
COPE’s Ellen Woodsworth pointed out that the group fails to include major advocacy groups like the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council, West End groups like WERA and WEN, youth and seniors organizations, or even cutting edge service providers like ATIRA or the Portland Hotel Society.
“We are faced with a housing affordability crisis that is multifaceted and impacts many different people all over the city. If the Mayor is serious about looking at this challenge from every possible angle and having every option on the table, then he needs to add some other key voices,” said Woodsworth.