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Pennsylvania(Dec2008)A report to council today identified that the current gap to end street homelessness in Vancouver by 2015 is just 450 new units of affordable housing.

“We know from the data our staff collected that our work, in partnership with the Province and community partners, is making progress on ending street homelessness,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Now we’re just 450 units of new housing away from making sure no one needs to sleep on the street at night. I’m confident we’re on the right track.”

The Mayor also stated his commitment to use City land to keep leveraging support to end street homelessness. “By using City-owned land to leverage funding from senior levels of government and the private sector, we’ve been able to secure more than 1,500 new units of social housing. We need to keep this going.”

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City Council approved the 2011 budget today, which keeps the overall property tax rate at 2.2% – among the lowest in Metro Vancouver – and protects key services like affordable housing, parks and libraries, and public safety.

“This budget reflects what we heard from the public over the last several weeks,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We are in a difficult economic climate, and families expect us to keep the tax rate as low as possible. At the same time, people value their parks and libraries, which is why we’ve made sure to protect and invest in those areas.

“This has not been an easy process, but I believe this budget strikes the right balance.”

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A motion coming to city council next week calls for the City to begin exploring the creation of modular housing in Vancouver, something Mayor Robertson says can potentially provide a solution to part of the affordable housing crisis in the city.

“Modular housing can be built much more quickly and for a lower cost than permanent housing, which makes it a good tool for easing the affordable housing crisis in Vancouver,” said Mayor Robertson. “We have over 1,500 new social housing units being built in partnership with the Province, but it will take years until they are all completed. We have a shortage of affordable market rentals, there is a lack of family and workforce housing, and seniors and students are being priced out of Vancouver.

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Mayor Robertson welcomed today’s announcement from Premier Campbell and Minister Rich Coleman of $225 million in new money for social housing in Vancouver, calling it a major step towards achieving the City’s goal of ending street homelessness by 2015.

“This is great news for Vancouver, and is a major step towards our goal of ending street homelessness by 2015,” said Mayor Robertson. “Today’s announcement of $225 million brings the total provincial investment for new social housing in Vancouver to $333 million since December 2008. Our partnership with the provincial government is paying off and delivering real results for the people of Vancouver.”

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“Today’s announcement that the Province will continue to fund three HEAT shelters is great news for the people of Vancouver and especially for our most vulnerable citizens. The HEAT shelters have helped people living on the street find stability in their lives, become part of a community, and gain access to health and social services. It’s crucial that they remain open as we build new social housing in partnership with the Province.

“There is no doubt that the shelters have made a huge difference in Vancouver. We’ve had an almost 50% reduction in street homelessness since 2008. The VPD and DVBIA have seen open drug use and aggressive panhandling decline in the downtown core since the shelters opened. It’s clear that our strategy of moving people from the streets into shelters, and from shelters into interim and permanent housing, is working. We want to end street homelessness by 2015 and these shelters are helping us move closer to that goal.

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Early results from the City of Vancouver’s homeless count on March 23, 2010 show the number of people sleeping on the street has dropped substantially due to the opening of new shelters and interim housing measures, but the number of people who are homeless has increased since 2008.

“The preliminary numbers from the homeless count show that although the City’s support for temporary shelters is helping to get people off the street, there is still a lot of work to be done to create housing,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The shelters are working but we urgently need new housing, both interim and permanent, to seriously reduce the number of people who are on the street.”

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