Council approves affordable housing action

Vancouver city council has unanimously approved the motion proposed last month by Raymond Louie, seconded by me, to take immediate action on the affordable housing crisis. (Debate was deferred to the March 3 Transportation and Traffic meeting to allow more time last month to hear from residents facing eviction at 4550 Fraser St.)

The first step is a quick consultation co-ordinated by Mayor Gregor Robertson, but the motion looks for immediate action on several fronts to confront a critical issue for the city. Renters will be included in the consultation.

Although an inclusive housing policy has been a pillar of city land use planning since the 1970s, this recent Vancouver Sun editorial makes it clear that some question the need for affordable housing at all. According to the Sun, those who can’t afford Vancouver will have to make do somewhere else.