Victoria homeless advocacy group chastises housing wait list

Victoria Committee to End Homelessness will present a trophy to man who says he’s waited five years to get off B.C. Housing registry

  • Nov. 14, 2013 2:00 p.m.

A local homeless advocacy group is staging a mock award event to highlight the lengthy delays endured by many people on the B.C. Housing Registry.

The Victoria Committee to End Homelessness will present a trophy and a $50 food card to a man who says he’s waited five years for a subsidized housing space to open up. There are close to 1,500 people in the Capital Region currently awaiting approval for subsidized or affordable housing.

“Families get picked first, then if you have a disability, you get second,” said Alison Acker, committee spokeswoman. “Beyond that, I don’t really know how they pick (candidates), but whatever happens, there should not be that number of people looking for housing.”

Acker will present the “People’s Prize for Patience” trophy on Nov. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Service B.C. office (908 Pandora Ave.).

The Victoria Committee to End Homelessness is not associated with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. The committee includes Together Against Poverty, the Action Committee for People with Disabilities, Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group and the Radical Health Alliance.

Since 2008, about 750 subsidized and affordable housing units have been built in Greater Victoria, including 250 units of supportive housing. The Coalition estimates another 1,500 units of subsidized and low market housing are likely needed to end homelessness in the Capital Region.

 

 

Just Posted

VicPD seeks person of interest after short-term rental ransacked

Combined losses for damage and theft are over $5,000

Whitecaps favourite switches to the Island

Marcel de Jong worked to end Whitecaps contract, joining Pacific FC on the ground floor

RCMP ask for public’s help to determine cause of weekend fire

RCMP are investigating the cause of the South Island Concrete fire

UVic’s cutting-edge centre leading the way in drones and AI

Centre For Aerospace Research works with partners including Department of National Defence

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read