Is Vancouver’s affordability crisis creating homelessness?

Bachelor suite vacancy at less than $750/month is 0.1% in City of Vancouver. Average rent increases every year.

With thousands of new social housing units built, over 10,000 singles or families are still waiting for housing

Homeless shelters are at 97% capacity and the percentage of women in shelters has grown to 32%

Virtually every indicator points to a rapid increase in homelessness and housing insecurity in Metro Vancouver, both now and in coming years. Vacancy for affordable rental units is well below 1%. While thousands of social housing units have been built, over 10,000 individuals or families are on BC’s housing registry, waiting for suitable housing. Income assistance has not increased in 9 years while average rent increases every year.

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Derek Weiss
Manager, Community Engagement
Union Gospel Mission
community@ugm.ca