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Ottawa courts private-sector funding for new approach to social policy

OTTAWA - The federal government wants to tap into a "gold mine" of private-sector funding to finance its social programs. Read more…

 

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Little Mountain hold-outs avoid eviction

A last-minute deal between the provincial government and the city of Vancouver means that the last remaining residents of the Little Mountain housing project will be allowed to stay. Read more…

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UBC approves plans for affordable housing for faculty, staff

A new action plan for affordable housing on the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus targets faculty and staff. Read more…

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Housing the homeless is cheaper, more humane than status quo: study

A new study suggests it's far cheaper to give a homeless person a place to live than to provide a patchwork of emergency services. Read more…

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Last residents of Vancouver's Little Mountain wait for an outcome

The last tenants of Little Mountain Housing Complex will appeal their eviction notices, a small crowd gathered outside the single remaining residence heard yesterday. Read more…

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Vancouver's rental housing plan not affordable: Renters' Union

Vancouver Renters' Union says the city's new plan for "social housing" rental units won't be affordable for low-income residents if the city lets developers define what affordable means. Read more…

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City offers land for innovative affordable rental units

The City of Vancouver is asking for expressions of interest from developers willing to create affordable rental units on six pieces of city property. Read more…

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Metro Vancouver was more 'middle class' in 1970: study

Metro Vancouver's middle class has shrunk and poverty has become more common in the suburbs over the last four decades, according to data mapped by a University of Toronto Cities Centre research team. Read more…

Vancouver's First United shelter funding extended one year

The B.C. government will continue to fund the First United shelter in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for another 12 months past the original expiration date, according to the shelter's executive director Stephen Gray. Read more…

Buying first home will be more difficult under new rules from Flaherty

Buying a first home or taking out a loan against an existing residence will be more difficult for Canadians under new rules announced Thursday, but Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says it's for their own good. Read more…

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COPE urges City to use viaduct land for affordable housing

The Coalition of Progressive Electors yesterday issued a statement rejecting Vancouver council's proposal for the future use of land surrounding the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, and called for a plan centered around affordable housing. Read more…

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Developer loses bid to buy DTES hotels

Downtown Eastside housing activists are claiming victory after a controversial developer lost his bid to purchase two Single Room Occupancy hotels in the neighbourhood. Read more…

SRO residents put in packed shelter for police investigation (UPDATED)

Vancouver's third homicide of the year is having a large ripple effect in the city's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, where residents of the hotel where the incident occurred are being moved into other hotels and overcrowded shelters while the investigation is ongoing. Read more…

Tent-pitching protestor in Victoria receives jail time

In an apparent protest over the "right for homeless people to have a designated public space," David Arthur Johnston was arrested in Victoria last Thursday for breaching court-ordered conditions and pitching a tent in the city's Centennial Square, according to a report by B Channel News. Read more…

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Month on welfare challenge wins more media attention than years as critic

Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Jagrup Brar's effort to live for a month on a welfare-level income of $610 has generated many more headlines than his years as the official opposition's critic on the file ever did. Read more…

DTES tenants being squeezed by gentrification, says new report

Low-income residents of the Downtown Eastside are being squeezed out of affordable housing by "rapacious" real-estate development, warns a Vancouver anti-poverty group in a report released today. Read more…

Tenants in subsidized Olympic Village condos fear eviction over unexpected bills

Tenants were surprised to receive utility bills from a third-party billing company called Enerpro and say they can't afford to pay. Read more…

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Protestors occupy Vancouver condo construction site

Twenty-one protestors have occupied a Downtown Eastside condo development in what they say is a message to the city and condo developers to build social housing and stop gentrification of the neighbourhood. Read more…

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Lively mayoral housing debate visited by Occupy Vancouver


Compared to a similar mayoral housing debate held at the same location in 2008 between Robertson and then-NPA councillor Peter Ladner, Monday's proceedings were much more intense, with a far larger audience alive with loud shouts and jeers throughout the night. Read more…

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Mayoral homelessness debate a sham: DTES residents

As Mayor Gregor Robertson faced his main election opponent in a tense homelessness debate tonight, residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) in attendance called the debate a sham. Read more…

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