Under the BC Liberals, homelessness tripled. Since 2017, we have been focused on working with local governments, including many in Metro Vancouver, to address the challenge. Together, we have made real progress. Across the province we have opened more than 2,800 homes with supports – these homes are changing lives, and giving people new opportunities.
We know that more is still needed. We are committed to continuing to work in partnership to build supportive housing, and over our 10 year plan, we will complete a total of 5,000 homes with supports in communities across the province. As well, we will build new Complex Care facilities designed to meet the housing and support needs of those with significant mental illness and/or complex physical health and addiction issues, including brain injuries, who need housing with increased on-site psychiatric and nursing care. We will work with local governments to determine where these are needed, and what the opportunities are to use public land, like the Riverview lands, as locations. In addition, we will fund 2,000 new rent supplements over our first two years to help people who have stabilized in supportive housing move into private-market rental homes, helping them to take the next step and creating additional space in supportive housing for those who need the presence of those on-site supports to succeed.