Nov 2019 | Housing
National Housing Day in Canada is held annually on November 22nd, as an opportunity to reflect on the challenges Canadian communities are facing and to recognize the work that’s being to ensure every Canadian has a home.
Like many cities across Canada, Nanaimo is facing an affordable housing and homelessness crisis. The recently published 2019 Nanaimo’s Vital Signs report shows that our city is struggling:
- 17.3% of Nanaimo’s population lives in poverty.
- Almost half (47.4%) of Nanaimo’s renters are spending more than 30% of their income on housing.
- Increasing housing costs has made homeownership impossible for many
- The number of people experiencing homelessness in Nanaimo almost doubled between 2016 and 2018.
The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition recognizes the negative impact this crisis is having on our community and is working with all levels of government to take action.
- In 2017/18 BC Housing invested $5.1 million and the City of Nanaimo invested over $1 million.
- In 2018, Nanaimo’s Action Plan to End Homelessness was developed by the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition and endorsed by City Council.
- At the same time, the City adopted an Affordable Housing Strategy aimed at increasing housing options for all residents.
- In May 2019, Nanaimo City Council approved the creation of a City-led Health and Housing Task Force to facilitate the implementation of these two plans.
- Nanaimo receives annual Reaching Home funding from the federal government, which is allocated by the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition to local non-profits working to end homelessness.
- The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition meets regularly to research, plan and share information on how to better serve Nanaimo’s at-risk residents.
The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition drives solutions to end homelessness by uniting the organizations, citizens and governments which support at-risk residents, while also working to diminish the harm caused by homelessness on individuals and community.
For more information on how the government is addressing the affordable housing and homelessness crisis, see the Province of B.C.’s statement on National Housing Day.
You can learn more about Canada’s National Housing Strategy
For more information on how each level of government is helping, visit the City of Nanaimo
You can also follow the conversation online with #nationalhousingday