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Josh Cook: Mixed-age approach to social housing is failing low-income seniors in B.C.

January 15, 2021
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SFU MPP alumni, Josh Cook writes an op-ed about changes that need to in seniors social housing. The article is featured in The Province

OPINION: Starting in the early 2000s, the B.C. government increasingly placed younger, “hard-to-house” individuals in public housing that had been geared toward seniors—whose final years will likely be marred by a fear of violence, constant disruption, stress, and social isolation.

Imagine your elderly parents or grandparents being placed in a building with individuals struggling with severe addiction, experiencing unpredictable psychotic episodes or engaging in sex work. Their final years will likely be marred by a fear of violence, threats, constant disruption, stress and social isolation.

This is not a hypothetical situation for thousands of B.C. seniors—this is the reality for many low-income, elderly individuals in social housing today. Read more from The Province