The real story behind BC’s housing numbers

Despite many recent announcements from the provincial government (over 100 housing-related news releases in the last year), BC continues to face a serious lack of affordable housing. CCPA and SPARC analyzed all those BC Housing press releases and BC Housing’s own service plans and compared the numbers to reality. They found that only 280 net new units of social housing have been built since 2006. “Unpacking the Housing Numbers: How Much New Social Housing is BC Building?”, shows that despite some positive recent developments on rental assistance and homelessness, BC’s progress in building new social housing units has been minimal. The authors conducted a detailed examination of BC Housing’s service plans for 2006 to 2011.

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