Good news for the campers in the tent city at 58 West Hastings. Last week Mayor Robertson agreed the city owned site would be used for 100% social housing after a meeting with activists which seems to have caused him to submit to their demands.
This is the site where activists cut the lock and stormed onto city property about six weeks ago.
So, who will be paying for this new social housing? Not the city of course since the Mayor has called for more funding from the provincial and federal governments for up to 20 city owned sites that he wants to see developed into social housing.
Regarding this site specifically, the Mayor said:
“Whoever the next [provincial] government elected next year is, they have to commit to raising shelter rates so people can afford to live in this province. They have to commit to solving homelessness.”
Actually, that was Mayor Robertson’s commitment when he was first first elected in 2008 on a promise to end homelessness. Instead, the homeless count has doubled since then.
Just like so many left wing politicians before him, he has over promised and under delivered when it comes to helping the most vulnerable people.
Watch as I show you what Mayor Robertson did spend money on and explain why solving homelessness in Vancouver may be an impossible task unless future politicians are willing to set some conditions and ensure accountability.