The City Episode January 14, 2014

The Politics of Housing the Homeless: Lack of community consultation or NIMBYism?

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Residents voice concerns about 95 units of transitional social housing for the homeless in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant

Has it been a lack of neighbourhood consultation or simply a case of the NIMBY syndrome in Vancouver?s eastside? Or perhaps a bit of both? Is fear and misinformation framing the conversation about supportive housing? On the program, we look at the concerns and politics around the planned 95 units of transitional housing in Mount Pleasant?s former Biltmore Hotel. How significant are the locational conflicts over low-income housing and harm reduction for Vancouver and the region more generally? And how does this help or harm efforts to build more socially inclusive neighbourhoods and socially just cities?