For Immediate Release:
Voters and Candidates Urged to Make Housing Central in Provincial Election Campaign
Co-op and non-profit housing sectors outline key asks to address worsening crisis in British Columbia and provide tools for voters to learn about the issues in their community
VANCOUVER, B.C. (October 14, 2020) – With voting day approaching, BC Non Profit Housing Association and Co-op Housing Federation British Columbia are calling on voters and candidates to make housing affordability and issues around homelessness a priority in this provincial election campaign.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the growing gaps and inequalities in our housing system,” said Jill Atkey, CEO of BC Non Profit Housing Association. “We need to double down on our commitments to solve the housing and homelessness crisis affecting so many British Columbians, and we hope that voters will cast their ballots with housing in mind.”
As the non-partisan umbrella organizations for non-profit and co-op housing providers in the province, BCNPHA and CHF BC have outlined three main asks for all parties and candidates seeking to be part of the next provincial government.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity to realize our goal of a safe, secure, affordable home for everyone in British Columbia,” said Thom Armstrong, CEO of Co-op Housing Federation British Columbia. “It also provides us with a chance to finally address the structural racism and other systemic barriers to social and economic justice in our housing and health systems.”
Building on the success of their Rental Housing Index, BCNPHA and CHF BC have compiled easy to navigate rental affordability data in each of B.C.’s 87 ridings to help local voters evaluate the affordability situation in their local riding. This was compiled using the most recent Statistics Canada census data to lay out a variety of information including average rental housing costs, housing costs as a percentage of income, as well as overcrowding and other useful statistics to measure housing affordability. The site also features interactive tools to help voters share the data on social media or to contact their local candidates to urge them to make housing central in this campaign and in the next government.
“The data is clear — housing affordability is an issue that impacts nearly every community and almost every voter across our province,” added Atkey. “Now is the time to do something about it – for all voters and candidates regardless of which party they support to ensure that our incoming government is committed to taking meaningful action to solve these critical issues.”
To learn more about this issue and access riding by riding information, please visit:
A backgrounder with the detailed asks can be found following this news release.
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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Hill + Knowlton Strategies (for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association/CHF BC)
BC Non-Profit Housing Association
Backgrounder: Detailed Make Housing Central 2020 Asks