Rogers renews call for provincial housing strategy
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) is renewing her call for the provincial government to develop a comprehensive housing strategy that addresses the full spectrum of housing needs in the province, not just social housing.
The renewed call comes after another story of a family getting squeezed out by the current housing crisis hits the media this week.
“I’m hearing from people every week, from all over the province and from various backgrounds, who are saying adequate housing is too expensive and too difficult to come by,” said Rogers. “To date this government has refused to acknowledge that we are in the middle of a housing crisis in the province and that people are hurting because of it.”
Canada is the only OECD country that does not have a national housing strategy. Rogers says a proper strategy would address sky-rocketing rents, clarify the Tory election promise about assistance for home ownership, outline assistance for seniors, and address other aspects affecting housing.
“There is no doubt – there is a major problem with housing affordability all over this province right now,” said Rogers, “the situation is getting worse and the government’s response to date has been simply inadequate.”
“When will the minister responsible acknowledge this crisis and begin working towards solutions that reflect the severity and complexity of the situation?” asked Rogers.