For immediate release
February 13, 2024
VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, the BC NDP announced BC Builds, their plan to deliver homes to middle-income British Columbians. The BC Green Caucus has issued the following statement:
“With this housing announcement, the BC NDP have abandoned British Columbians who struggle the most with costs of living,” said Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley.
“Premier Eby has chosen to support British Columbians with earnings over $85,000 per year, ignoring the desperate reality the majority of British Columbians are facing. Where is the support for the truly middle income households, who make up over half of B.C.’s population?”
“After waiting over a year for the BC Builds announcement, British Columbians deserved real interventions, not a recycled HousingHub. As the Premier stated, in the last six years the HousingHub has produced 3000 units with 2000 more in the pipeline. That is inadequate for the tens of thousands of people facing a truly crushing housing affordability crisis,” said Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.
“Premier Eby appears to be out of touch with the lived reality of renters across the Province, who need support now, not in 12-18 months, to avoid slipping into homelessness.”
“The B.C. Greens have proposed three initiatives that would immediately provide relief to renters in BC: raising the income caps on Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters and the Rental Assistance Program, and putting in place rental rate protection that would limit the increase to rents between tenants. We need a government that responds appropriately to the crisis that far too many British Columbians are facing right now,” said Furstenau.
The B.C. Green Caucus will have more to say in the coming week, as Budget 2024 approaches.
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