NDP: Andrew Wilkinson’s 30% homelessness spike

THE NDP says that while Andrew Wilkinson sat at the cabinet table, homelessness in Metro Vancouver soared by 30% from 2,777 to 3,605 (2014-2017: Homeless Count BCNPHA).

With record investments to tackle homelessness, John Horgan and the BC NDP flattened that increase completely (2017-2020: Homeless Count BCNPHA).

Metro Vancouver Homeless Count

2014: 2,777

2017: 3,605

2020: 3,634

The NDP says Metro Vancouver homelessness tripled under the BC Liberals while under the BC NDP it has grown by less than 1%.

COVID-19 has brought challenges. The NDP says it’s increasing supports for people and communities struggling with homelessness and substance use challenges – to improve access to treatment and support public safety: 

  • New psychiatrist-led ACT teams (Assertive Community Treatment) which have reduced problems with street disorder by 71% and violence by 36% by providing 24/7 specialized care for severe mental health issues (Vancouver Coastal Health). 
  • $100M in new grants to local governments to address challenges around homelessness, street disorder and safety.
  • Seven new and nine expanded Substance Use Integrated Teams to help people stay on treatment, including an expanded Vancouver team, and a new Victoria team
  • More supports in Yaletown through Vancouver Coastal Health: 
    • A Clinical Outreach Support team with nurses, now expanding to social workers
    • Three new Intensive Housing Outreach Teams, including nurses 

The NDP says that once again, Wilkinson is not offering any solutions – even to problems that grew under his watch.

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