Nanaimo STAND for Housing

Homelessness and affordable housing are in crisis in our province. There are more than 10,000 homeless people in our province and at least 56 homeless British Columbians died during 2006 and 2007. Affordable rental housing has disappeared while land prices have soared. There has been no federal social housing program since 1993. Social Assistance rates do not meet basic needs and minimum wage does not pay rent. Instead of continuing to depend on "market forces" to solve housing concerns, all levels of government must take action to build HOMES FOR ALL.

On Saturday, May 3, 2008, activists across British Columbia are planning demonstrations calling for more affordable housing from 1 to 2 pm. In Nanaimo, there will be groups present on the Pearson Bridge, Comox and Terminal avenues downtown, and on Highway 19A beside Canadian Tire in North Nanaimo. Citizens of Nanaimo concerned about housing shortages in our city should come to one of these locations next Saturday afternoon to show their support. Suggested sign slogans for event include HOMES FOR ALL, HOUSE THE HOMELESS NOW, AFFORDABLE MEANS AFFORDABLE TO ALL, and SHAME ON THE FEDS. For more information, call Gord Fuller at (250) 754-6389 or Diane Brennan at (250) 758-3676.

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