This Week in Housing News: Public Housing Policy & Housing Rights

B.C. government off-loading public housing with Stamps Place sale, Jenny Kwan says

MLA Jenny Kwan comments on the Provincial government’s recent action to sell Stamps Place, a social housing development, to non-profit agencies.  She believes that this is part of a broader trend of the government stepping back from its role in providing social housing, as she does not believe that the government will maintain the subsidies supporting renters.  (The Georgia Strait)


Should housing be a human right? Experts across Canada sound off

In Ontario, a recent Court of Appeal ruling determined that it is the role of the government to decide whether housing should be a human rights.  Advocates intend to bring the case to the Supreme Court.  Metro News reports on the opinions of several housing experts on the matter.  (Metro News)

Bob Rae: Whether in Toronto or Attawapiskat, housing policy a dismal failure

Bob Rae highlights the extent of Canada’s housing problems, from the troubling colonial relationships governing First Nations reserves, to the off-loading of housing responsibilities to municipal governments.  Ultimately, he claims, Canada needs to reprioritize housing and  restructure its housing strategy.  (Globe & Mail)

Rental Crunch: Housing minister warns of possible hikes under rent-control system

BC Housing Minister Rich Coleman has suggested that he may relax rent control measures, which currently restrict the amount that landlords can increase rents each year to 2% plus the rise of the Consumer Price Index.  Coleman suggests that the current rules to not fully allow landlords to cover costs such as increases in property taxes, but renters’ advocacy groups say that the changes will significantly hurt renters.  (The Province)


Few Options for Homeless as San Jose clears camp

Authoriets have cleared out the Jungle, a homeless encampment that was home to 300 inhabitants in San Jose.  The Jungle had existed for about a year and a half, and at 68 acres, was one of the country’s largest makeshift settlements.  Unfortunately, very few measures have been put in place to support those who have been displaced by the clearing of the settlement, and many former inhabitants have few prospects.  (New York Times)