An advocate for the homeless says the city and province aren’t doing nearly enough to lower the rates of homelessness in the city.
Kirsten Bernas, of the Right to Housing Coalition, said her organization has “for years” been pushing for greater investments in social housing inventory, a point on which she said government is failing.
“We don’t have enough (social housing) here, so we need our governments to invest in that because the private market is not able to meet that need,” Bernas said. “We’re really concerned because we’re not seeing the city use the tools that it has at its disposal to contribute to adding to the supply of low-income housing, and we’re not seeing our province make any investment or commitments in new social housing.”
Bernas charged that there’s been “a halt to new builds” since the Progressive Conservatives assumed office in 2016.