Now that the photo-op is over—generating positive headlines in almost every media outlet that the city and province plan to build 450 units to house the homeless—it’s time to take a second look at just how good the plan is.

The fact is that it’s not nearly good enough.

Ninety-eight of the homes won’t be ready until spring at the earliest and the rest (350 homes) for two to three years. They won’t help any of more than 2,000 people in Vancouver experiencing homelessness through the cold and wet winter now just around the corner. They won’t help them to survive threat of two pandemics—COVID-19 and a poisoned illegal drug supply. They won’t help the people tenting at Strathcona Park today.