A core reason that solving the housing crisis on Salt Spring Island has been such a tough nut to crack is because of the fragmented nature of the island’s governance and lack of coordination and collaboration between government organizations, says local community group Salt Spring Solutions.
Here are some highlights from Salt Spring Solutions’ work in 2021.
And other much needed myth debunking in one of our founding members’ article on the Salt Spring Exchange. The article was published yesterday in response to misinformation being spread in the community that the Trustees are prioritizing development over the protection of the environment by passing housing recommendations put forward by the Housing Task Force.
One-stop shop for all the stories we have on how the housing crisis is affecting locals with diverse realities!
After years of pressure from people like you, the Local Trust Committee (LTC) finally passed some significant motions last week that should have a positive impact on our workforce housing crisis.
We have created an exhibition: quotes, excerpts, and photos from these heart breaking #GoodbyeSaltSpring stories have been made beautiful by a talented local designer and posted, in a quilt like fashion, on the windows next to Salt Spring Coffee. It’s a powerful display of what’s going on in our community today.
Are you considering leaving the island due to the stresses involved with finding or staying in a home? Know someone who is leaving or has already left? Please share your story.
A lack of choice in housing makes some seniors very vulnerable to homelessness and stress. Long-term residents who have rented for many years are losing their rentals as homes are sold out from under them. Many of our artisans, chefs, care-workers and grand-parents are feeling the pinch around finding suitable housing. Here are some of their stories…
Healthcare workers, teachers, and other working professionals struggle to stay on Salt Spring due to the high costs of rent – often 60% or more of their salaries – or simply not finding housing at all. People with well paying, full time jobs that provide services essential for a well-functioning community are being forced to leave.
Farmers and business owners are the backbone of our community. Our island has so much rural history, and also an exciting future with service and new digital businesses. But it is incredibly hard for farmers and business owners to find housing for their workers.