Since she was first elected in 2011, St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers has been an outspoken advocate for the desperate need the province has for a strategy to address the many housing needs faced by the people of the province. A new report on homelessness in the capital city underscores the results of years of neglect by successive Liberal and Conservative governments.
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says government must take decisive action immediately to protect youth with complex needs. Youth who have been in the care of government are left without resources when they are too old for programs such as foster care.
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says it is completely unacceptable for government to continue sitting on reports that could contain vital recommendations to help resolve the province’s housing crisis.
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.
MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, we are facing the worst housing crisis in our Province’s history and the victims are growing. The sexual exploitation report that government tried to hide for years told us of young people having to sell their bodies for sex so they could have a place to sleep.
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John's Centre) says it’s good to finally see a study of homelessness across the province. However, she says, the study will miss a large group of people affected by the current housing crisis.
Members of the NDP Caucus will attend the 8th annual CBC and Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network pancake breakfast events at the Battery Hotel and Smitty’s Restaurant (the Courtyard Marriott, Duckworth Street) in St. John’s tomorrow.