Posted on September 21, 2010
Metro Housing seeks tenants’ stories to fuel campaign for national commitment to rental housing
Is there a rental housing crisis in Metro Vancouver? Anyone who has rented — or studied the matter — knows there is.
At least 80,000 rental families are spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent. Only a trickle of new rental stock is coming on the market and much of the existing stock is nearing the end of its useful life.
But renters are unorganized, without a voice.
To remedy that problem, Metro Vancouver’s has launched a new website through the Metro Vancouver Housing Committee. Rentersspeakup.org is designed to give tenants a voice and provide ammunition for a new coalition emerging to press senior levels of government for action.
If you are a tenant, say your piece.
Pete McMartin summarized the plans well in this weekend article.