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Questions raised about 1,800 social housing units pledged in Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek plan

A proposed plan for Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek has promised 1,800 social housing units.

But according to Larry Benge, a city hall watchdog, the actual number that may be delivered could be much less.

Benge is the co-chair of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods, and he doubts whether all of the 1,800 housing units will be affordable to low-income people.

It may just be a third, or about 600, if one were to use the city’s definition of what is social housing, which now includes market rentals as well.

“I’m quite concerned that the definition of social housing is so flexible, and has been for the last few years,” Benge told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview. “I would think a lot of people would be very hard-pressed, myself included, to give you a solid definition of what the city means by social housing. And that’s part of the problem.”

Full story here: https://www.straight.com/news/1030621/questions-raised-about-1800-social-housing-units-pledged-vancouvers-northeast-false

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