COPE Councillor David Cadman and Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson released a joint Homelessness Strategy today in the Downtown Eastside’s Crab Park.

"Vancouver residents are, frankly, embarrassed that homelessness is growing and affordability is disappearing," said Cadman. "This NPA council reversed a policy of one third low income at South East False Creek and have stood by while slum landlords allow their properties to fall apart necessitating their closure. It’s unacceptable that good housing-such as that at Little Mountain-stand vacant while people sleep on the sidewalk."

COPE council candidate Ellen Woodsworth noted that COPE has a ten-point homelessness plan that includes using Little Mountain’s 200 empty units for social housing and protecting existing low-income housing by enforcing current bylaws.

"It’s time that City Hall took action on homelessness and one of the steps is to enforce the standards of maintenance by-law," said Woodsworth. "We need a mayor and council who will take action on Day One to deal with the homelessness crisis in our city. Ladner has had three years in power and he hasn’t gotten the job done."

COPE’s Homelessness Strategy will:

– Require an equivalent number of affordable social housing built
for every unit of market housing built in the DTES and adjacent

– Protect low-income housing stock through enforcement of existing

– Get the provincial government to increase welfare rates, the
minimum wage and remove barriers to accessing income assistance;

– Re-establish a Residential Tenancy Office in the city of Vancouver;

– Require developers to incorporate 20 percent affordable housing in
new developments;

– Use the City’s Property Endowment Fund to build affordable housing;

– Freeze conversion of rental accommodation to strata title condos.

For full details of COPE’s  Homelessness Plan go to:

COPE Councillor David Cadman and Council Candidate Ellen Woodsworth Release Homelessness Strategy

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