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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Province Promises Cash for Housing

Good news indeed. With the provincial governments signing of a memorandum of agreement things should soon be in place to move forward with some much needed housing for the disenfranchised. Many people have worked long and hard on this, it is a start, but there is still much to be done as it will take at least two or three years before any of the new build housing is complete. Much can happen in that period of time, especially with a provincial election looming on the horizon.

Where will the homeless stay until we see some of this new housing? Unlike many other cities Nanaimo does not have a Cold Wet Weather Strategy and has opted for an extreme weather strategy instead. The former would have extra bed space, accessed between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am, opening up during the months from October through April. The latter simply sees emergency beds opening up when the temperature drops below minus 5 degrees Celsius. Hardly adequate for the homeless, expecting them to stay outdoors, when almost everyone would agree and many would bitch about how crappy the weather can be when it is cold and raining. Certainly not out of the ordinary for Nanaimo.

More needs to be done immediately so talk to prospective candidates and once the election is over continue the push to see some form of redress to the fact that many will have to suffer unnecessarily while the majority of us sit in relative comfort and warmth.

Province boosts city housing plan with cash

Homeless plan deserves the public's support

Housing plan gets kickstart

3 comments:

Chilled said...

Nothing better than homes for the homelessness with no conditions attached. The addicted and mentally ill need to be treated, poor choices shouldn't be rewarded. Is anyone planning on keeping score on this issue? If not, let me know when the housing will be available so I can quit my lousy job, develop a meth addiction and spend my day along the seawall harrassing the tax payers. Why not? Gord, I voted for you in the advance poll, but please think of the ramifications of handing out housing with no conditions attached. Build it and they will come.

......... Gord Fuller ......... said...

While it may seem to be rewarding people for their negative behaviour housing the addicted will put them in continual touch with supports and has been proven to be a greater incentive for the person to beat their addiction and become productive members of society. In the long run it will save taxpayers money, it has been well researched that between 8 and 12 thousand dollars are saved per person by actually housing them.

The down side of the homeless action plan is that no more detox and treatment facilities seem to be tied to the housing.

Crack Cocaine and Crystal Meth are incidious in their addictive nature. To see so many young people move from vibrant youth to ragged figures whose sole purpose is seeking their next fix is for me heart wrenching. Not one of those on the street would have forseen their fate when the were children.

I can really understand how frustrating it must be to see people given housing when most of us, myself included, work hard and struggle to make ends meet on a day to day basis. This is a complex issue that really requires compassion, there but for the garace of .... might go I or my children.

Thanx for your post Chiiled. Unlike some people, I really appreciate your opinion.

Chilled said...

......and I voted for you Gord, I'm sorry you didn't make it this time. Next election no doubt.