Our House is Open: Government must deal with housing crisis
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) called on government today to take the province’s housing crisis seriously.
“People needing housing of all kinds face huge challenges all over Newfoundland and Labrador,” Rogers said today. “For those looking to buy, we have the highest rate of price increases in the country; prospective tenants are dealing with rents that have doubled and one of the lowest rental vacancy rates.”
The provincial government has no division dedicated to housing, aside from the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, which has a limited mandate.
Rogers and the NDP are asking the government to create such a division so that issues of affordable housing can be adequately dealt with.
NDP Caucus: Our House is Open
Question for November 29, 2011
Gerry Rogers, MHA, St. John’s Centre
Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transportation and Works. The people of Newfoundland and Labrador are experiencing an acute housing crisis. We have the highest rate of increase in house prices in the country, and one of the lowest rental vacancy rates.
Rents have doubled in many communities. At least 13,000 tenants in this province pay more than a third or even half of their income on rent. The waiting list for social housing has grown to about 1,000.
Government has no overall policies or corrective measures to assist average families, seniors, students and others negatively affected by our new prosperity. The Social Housing Plan has no concrete, committed action items or timelines.
Mr. Speaker, I ask the Minister, when will we see a Housing Division set up in government to deal with the lack of affordable housing for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador?