The steady gentrification of Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside has put pressure on the stock of affordable housing for the neighbourhood's poorest residents.
But a novel solution to help at least some of them find clean, low-cost housing in the city's one-time detention centre is just a year away from scheduled completion.
The latest housing survey by the Carnegie Community Action Project found the number rooms available at privately run single-room occupancy hotels for the $375 monthly welfare shelter allowance has declined dramatically, the Georgia Straight reports.
Rents have risen and in some cases take nearly all of recipients' $610 monthly cheque, researchers found. The average lowest rent rose to $469 from $398 between 2009 and 2013.
"For a person on social assistance, $375 a month in rent is 61 per cent of their income…the $71 average rent increase means that a person on social assistance spends 73 per cent of their income on housing," the report says, according to theRead More »from Former Vancouver jail to breathe new life as much needed housing for Downtown Eastside’s poor