Will the provincial budget help low income and homeless people?
Vancouver, BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories – Representatives of the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) will be available to comment on the provincial budget after it is released on Feb. 20th.
CCAP will be looking for budget measures that will:
- End homelessness so the thousands of homeless people in BC who die at about half the age as other residents will have a chance for a roof over their heads and a longer life;
- End the drug overdose crisis by decriminalizing drugs and providing treatment on demand for those who ask for it;
- Stop rampant rent increases by amending the Residential Tenancy Act so landlords can’t raise rents as much as they like when a tenant leaves;
- Large increases to welfare rates so people have enough money to pay rent and eat and pay for other necessities;
- Higher taxes on the rich, including the ability for cities to implement progressive property taxes;
- Steps toward cheaper and free public transit, especially for low-income people.
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About Carnegie Community Action Project
The Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) is a project of the board of the Carnegie Community Centre Association. CCAP works mostly on housing, income, and land use issues in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver so that the area can remain a low-income friendly community. CCAP works with English speaking and Chinese speaking DTES residents in speaking out on their own behalf for the changes they would like to see in their neighbourhood.
Lama Mugabo, CCAP Organizer
Jean Swanson, CCAP Organizer
Lenée Son, CCAP Organizer