From Nelson to Victoria, from Vancouver to Burns Lake, dozens of “Stands for Housing” will be held this Saturday, June 7, from 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., for the second consecutive month.
The colourful blue-themed demonstrations have grown since February from a single Stand in Vancouver’s residential Little Mountain neighbourhood. Turquoise blue banners and scarves are becoming recognized as a reminder to governments that a comprehensive housing program is needed urgently to address the growing housing and homelessness crisis. “Standers” report increasingly positive responses from passers-by as public support for action on affordable housing grows.
Lack of affordable housing and increasing homelessness are directly related issues, no longer limited to big cities, or to people with very low incomes.
Housing advocates want city and senior governments to work together to resume construction of non-profit and co-op housing for low- and moderate-income singles and families. All governments formerly co-operated to build tens of thousands of such homes every year.
BC and Canada cancelled those programs from 1993 to 2001. Canada is the only G8 country with no national housing program. We need our governments to reinstate a comprehensive housing program that actually provides affordable homes for all.
To find out where “Stands for Housing’ are taking place on Saturday, go to http://www.my-calm.info/index.html.