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Fixing a Family Housing Crisis

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Stefania Seccia and son Max: ‘We just see homeownership as a way to secure our future. I kind of hate that that dream seems so unrealistic.’

Four years ago, a spike in home prices and rent rates spurred B.C. residents to call for change and politicians to respond with new taxes to prevent speculation, and funding to build housing. Then the COVID-19 crisis hit. In this special series, Jen St. Denis reports in-depth on how families are faring in Metro Vancouver’s housing market, whether new policies are making an impact, and how to build a resilient housing system post-pandemic.

This series is produced with financial support from SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Support for this project does not necessarily imply endorsement of the findings nor content of this report. Funders neither influence nor endorse the particular content of reporting. Other publications wishing to publish this series, contact The Tyee here.

In This Series

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Canada’s Housing System Is Cracking under the Crisis

Renters are asking why they should pay their landlords, while landlords fear losing their own housing.

Jen St. Denis, 23 Apr 2020


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No Escape: The Human Cost of Making Social Housing Scarce

Rental discrimination and a big BC Housing backlog are leaving desperate single moms out in the cold.

Jen St. Denis, 11 May 2020


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Shut Out: How Families Have Fallen Off the Housing Ladder

Owning a home was once the Canadian dream. In Vancouver, it’s out of reach for most.

Jen St. Denis, 14 May 2020


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Evicted: Renting Families Lose Home after Home after Home

In Metro Vancouver, it’s tough to put down roots. Will new rent laws and speculation taxes help?

Jen St. Denis, 18 May 2020


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Indigenous Housing Has Been In Crisis. Things Are Getting Better

Deanna Pointe’s family was shattered by the Sixties Scoop. Now she heads a three-generation family in East Vancouver.

Jen St. Denis, 21 May 2020


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