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2010: The year that Vancouver started to turn the corner on homelessness

December 21st, 2010 · 12 Comments

There is a lot to complain about on the civic scene — just read this blog for the complete list! — but one thing that we should appreciate is the way the city (over several administrations) and the province (over Rich Coleman’s last four years) have worked together to tackle homelessness here.

Thanks to the Vision Vancouver council initiative and the province’s funding, 500 people slept inside the past two winters, along with this one. That took half the people off the street and out of the parks who normally sleep there.

Thanks to the city’s willingness under the previous Sam Sullivan administration to put up land for social housing and this admin to keep pushing for the money, with Coleman’s efforts to get the money from Treasury Board, 1,575 units will be coming onstream in the next three years — a project opening every three or four months — targeted to those who need housing the most.

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