Rogers has practical suggestions for alleviating housing crisis
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) is not happy that when the provincial government thinks of housing, it thinks only of the social housing for which very few people qualify. Rogers says she is tired of hearing the repeated iterations of how much government has spent on reroofing existing social housing, and this government has to stop denying there’s a housing crisis.
Today she had a couple of specific suggestions for steps the government could take to help alleviate the problem.
“This government constantly talks about its support for Social Housing Affordable Housing initiatives,” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today.
“Will this government put its money where its mouth is and stop charging the provincial portion of HST on affordable housing projects in the province?”
Rogers also pointed out that building affordable housing and planned communities requires land. She fears that many ideal locations are snapped up for private developments.
“I ask this government, will you commit to freezing the sale of all government owned land and vacated buildings until a solid overall Housing Policy and Strategy is in place?” she asked.