Homeless in the City
“Whose problem is it?” It seems that is the eternal question in the debate about Canada’s housing crisis. The federal government maintains that housing is the purview of the provinces. The provinces point fingers at the feds for failing to invest in a national housing strategy. Municipalities call on both senior levels of government to show leadership on this important issue.
Local governments may not have the resources of their provincial and federal counterparts, but they have a key role to play in addressing homelessness. As Metro Vancouver prepares to go to the polls this November, join Pivot, SFU Woodward’s cultural unit and moderator Charles Demers, regular performer on CBC's The Debaters, in exploring the question: What can municipalities do to address the housing crisis in the Lower Mainland?
We will be co-hosting Housing Solutions for Metro Vancouver. This free public forum will take place at the new SFU Woodward's campus on October 26th from 7 to 9pm. Click here to RSVP.
We are preparing for lively evening of discussion and dialogue that will include presentations by:
- Kingsley Okyere from Metro Vancouver who will share results from the latest regional homeless count and provide us with a picture of what has changed since the last civic election, which challenges remain and what new issues have emerged.
- Journalist Jackie Wong of the Tyee will talk about her work covering housing issues in the Metro Vancouver region.
- Local organizers, residents of low income housing and housing advocates will share stories of success and struggle from the Downtown Eastside, around Vancouver and across the region.
- Michael Shapcott, Director of Affordable Housing and Social Innovation at the Wellesley Institute in Toronto, will appear by video and share lessons from his extensive work on housing and urban health.
- Sarah Van Borek will share clips from a documentary film about Portland Oregon’s Dignity Village and talk about her experiences with the resident-governed homeless community that started as an act of civil disobedience and became a city-recognized "tent city".
We hope to see you there.