Have you or someone you love been forced out of your community because you couldn't find an affordable, suitable home (renting or owning)? Have you gone to extreme measures in order to adapt? Perhaps you're a homeowner watching your equity soar, but are worried about your kids or grandkids and the state of your neighbourhood.
In the Spring of 2015 the #DontHave1Million rally brought hundreds of Metro Van residents to the Vancouver Art Gallery to demand action on our region's affordability crisis.
We called on the B.C. government to collect more data, and now they are. We launched the Code Red Campaign to demand bold action, and we're starting to get it (the 15% tax on foreign buyers).
That's a good start, but meaningfully tackling the affordability crisis demands much more.
On Saturday Sept 17, our friends at HALT are hosting a followup rally to ensure citizens' voices are heard as the BC Liberals and NDP develop their election platforms.
Come out, support our rally and show our governments how important this issue is to you.
HALT's calls to action
HALT corporate donations to political parties. For too long, our governments have served moneyed interests and not the interests of the citizens of our city and our province
HALT Immigrant Investor Programs that bring in owners who do not contribute to our income tax base
HALT money laundering and tax fraud by individuals hiding their money in our housing market
HALT AirBnB of our rental stock. We need regulations in place to protect our renters
HALT demolitions of affordable rentals that are being replaced by unaffordable luxury condos marketed to offshore buyers
Gen Squeeze's call to action
First and foremost, we think all politicians need to commit to a principle of Homes First (investments second). Check out our full report: "Code Red: Rethinking Canadian Housing Policy" to learn more.