A Tyee Beyond the Headlines event.
Out of control housing costs for both ownership and rental aren't just a Greater Vancouver phenomenon. Many BC and Canadian communities are experiencing a worsening, wickedly complex housing crisis that has been decades in the making. Shelter insecurity has seeped into the middle and even upper-middle class, and across all age and cultural demographics.
The wealth and social gap between renters and owners is also widening. High rents, reno-victions and low vacancies make many tenants insecure. Government policies often favour homeowners, offering less support for renters who can account for half of urban residents, or more.
Speakers for the evening included: Kishone Tony Roy, Scot Hein, David Podmore, Dena Kae Beno, Garth Davis, Karen Sawatzky, Kris Archie and Jenelle Davies.