Immediate Release: July 2,
2009

COPE Councillor Ellen Woodsworth will be asking the City of
Vancouver to call on the provincial government for a timeline for the 14 housing
sites – none of which have started construction.

The City has met its
obligations to ensure that the six sites covered in the 2007 deal as well as the
additional two sites are ready for ground to be broken. However, nothing has
happened and the government has provided no timeline for action.

In 2007
the City of Vancouver and province agreed to fast-track up to 1,200 new units of
social and supportive housing on 12 city-owned sites. Two other sites in
Vancouver were added to the proposal bringing the total number under
consideration to 14. In March — two months before the provincial election —
Premier Gordon Campbell announced more than $172 million for six of the
Vancouver housing projects.

Housing Minister Rich Coleman has failed to
produce a timeline for when the six sites or additional eight will be ready to
proceed.

According to Councillor Woodsworth, “Vancouver is facing an
affordable housing crisis that both the municipal and provincial governments
have shown a strong desire to address. While I understand the concerns around
development in this economic climate, it’s essential that we have some sense of
when this housing will actually be built.”

Councillor Woodsworth’s motion
will come to council next week. She has submitted the motion just days after
Housing Minister Coleman’s refusal to amend the Residential Tenancy Act to
prevent Olympic-related evictions and on the same day that appliances are being
taken out of Little Mountain Housing. 

COPE wants City of Vancouver to call on the provincial government for a timeline for the 14 housing sites

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