Happy spring! We’ve got lots to do on housing

After a winter break, spring is back, and so is our group’s volunteer energy! We’ve got lots to do on housing this year, and hope you’ve got lots of spring in your step to help.

Things are starting to get better on housing

It’s been a busy time on housing, with good news from the local election and two nonprofit housing projects almost ready to break ground.

Candidate Responses to our affordable housing questions

We sent a questionnaire to all 6 LTC and 2 CRD Director candidates asking if they shared our priorities, and specifically what they would do, if elected, to implement affordable housing solutions. Here are their answers to our questions, in full.

Put Aside Fear When Seeking Housing Solutions

The affordable housing crisis is indeed one of the biggest problems of our times. It wasn’t created overnight, nor will it be solved in only a few years. But we are going to solve it, and to do so we need islanders to first believe we can do it.

“Do we want our island to go the way of Kitsilano?”

“The Aloha Ainas of this island were commonplace decades ago…Do we want our island to go the way of Kitsilano and Toronto’s Yorkville?”

You’re making a difference!

We’re happy to report our collective efforts are already having a positive impact! The Croftonbrook affordable housing project is extremely close to getting its final approval. Why? According to a planner quoted in the Driftwood, because of “unparalleled political pressure” to get something done about the crisis. Guess who made that happen? YOU!

No more tacos??? Noooooooooooo

Like tacos? Well unfortunately thanks to the housing crisis you can’t get them on Mondays or Tuesdays anymore. Here’s the sign posted outside Taco Loco.

Housing Crisis makes the Vancouver Sun

Thanks to the Vancouver Sun cover story, tens of thousands of people across the province won’t just think about forests, beaches, and the Saturday market when they think about Salt Spring, but also about our severe housing crisis, and how a caring community like ours could have allowed it to get this bad.

Crisis pushing out residents

A chronic housing shortage, paired with a surging homeless count and a lack of resources, is causing trouble on Salt Spring Island.

Housing for Seniors

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…