Yesterday, we told you the province's three principal social housing groups were raising serious questions about Housing Minister Rich Coleman's plans to change the way the province shelters some of its most vulnerable citizens. And now it seems provincial New Democrat housing critic Doug Routley has thrown his two cents into the debate. In a news release posted earlier this morning, Mr. Routley slammed suggestions the government should "shift from owning (and building) housing projects, which stigmatize and ghettoize low-income people, to providing rent subsidies toward privately owned units." According to Mr. Routley "Affordable housing is a complex issue that cannot be solved with only targeted rent supplements. This decision is not only bad for families, but for all British Columbians."
January 25, 2006