Delta Optimist, July 19, 2022 (With comments from BCNPHA CEO Jill Atkey.)
That could be the case as a recent survey found those are the dominant issues for British Columbians, regardless of where in the province they live.
The survey conducted by Research Co. for BC Non-Profit Housing Association, the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC and the Aboriginal Housing Management Association found those issues transcend all demographics, ages and genders.
A recent news release by the BC Non-Profit Housing Association noted the findings are grounded in the increasingly severe lack of housing affordability in B.C. where approximately 23,000 people experienced homelessness in 2019, and 20 per cent of renters spend over half of their income on housing and utilities.
“These results and the importance of this as an issue should send a clear message to all incumbents and candidates seeking municipal office this fall that they need to bring a real commitment and real ideas to the table,” said Mario Canseco of Research Co. “The need is great, and the research shows that voters will be prioritizing candidates that will commit to taking concrete action to address local housing needs.”