October 25, 2016
Quoted from article:
More than 200 people concerned about a chronic and ongoing rental housing shortage in Metro Vancouver packed a community centre in Kitsilano this evening to share their stories and learn more about what can be done to fix the housing crisis.
“We’ve got a crisis so severe that some landlords are auctioning off what limited rental housing exists, and others are demanding sexual favours in exchange for housing,” David Eby, MLA for Vancouver Point Grey and the NDP Housing Critic told the audience. “We didn’t get here overnight, this crisis is the product of deliberate government decisions for a decade – government can help reverse this problem by encouraging the construction of new rental housing.”
Several experts, including City of Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs, and more than thirty community members spoke over the course of the evening on topics like Air B&B, programs that work in other areas to encourage the construction of rental housing, the abuse of “fixed term” leases to avoid rent control provisions, and the impact of the rental housing crisis on families and individuals.
“We can fix this problem if we work together to ensure there is enough good quality housing for families to rent and live in Metro Vancouver,” said Eby. “If we continue to ignore the problem we’ll be holding meetings like this in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, except the problems will be that much worse.”