Thanks to the Vancouver Sun cover story, tens of thousands of people across the province won’t just think about forests, beaches, and the Saturday market when they think about Salt Spring, but also about our severe housing crisis, and how a caring community like ours could have allowed it to get this bad.
A lack of choice in housing makes some seniors very vulnerable to homelessness and stress. Long-term residents who have rented for many years are losing their rentals as homes are sold out from under them. Many of our artisans, chefs, care-workers and grand-parents are feeling the pinch around finding suitable housing. Here are some of their stories...
Healthcare workers, teachers, and other working professionals struggle to stay on Salt Spring due to the high costs of rent - often 60% or more of their salaries - or simply not finding housing at all. People with well paying, full time jobs that provide services essential for a well-functioning community are being forced to leave.
Farmers and business owners are the backbone of our community. Our island has so much rural history, and also an exciting future with service and new digital businesses. But it is incredibly hard for farmers and business owners to find housing for their workers.
Families and children suffer from not knowing where home is going to be, or with having alternative, communal living arrangements taken away. Some families and single moms are experiencing discrimination when landlords will not rent to them because they have children.