Statement of Support for Hothouse Squat amid COVID-19

A global pandemic has plunged BC into a public health crisis. All levels of government and medical authorities have clearly directed that the primary way to protect personal and public health is to stay home. But for those who have been denied ready access to basic housing, income, and social supports—these directives are impossible to follow.

To ensure a rights- and health-based response to COVID-19, we call on the provincial and municipal governments to collaboratively ensure basic self-contained housing and accompanying resources for unhoused and inadequately-housed individuals and, until such time, to refrain from enforcement against individuals who have no choice but to occupy vacant properties in order to avoid devastating personal and public health consequences.

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