For Immediate Release
Action is needed to deal with Affordable Housing Crisis
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Green Party of Saskatchewan (GPS) is alarmed at the recent news that Regina’s rental vacancy rate is just 0.6%, the lowest in Canada. GPS Leader Victor Lau says this is proof that the Wall Government’s incentive plan for more housing units is not working, “If the rental vacancy rate was moving in the other direction, then we would be applauding the incentive program.”
Lau says in addition to the incentive program, more action is needed by the Saskatchewan Party Government to address the province’s affordable housing crisis. “It is time for more social housing units to be constructed across the province,” says Lau. “Perhaps the prospect of facing competition for new renters will spur builders into action.” Lau stresses that any new social housing units should be tied to the rental vacancy rate in the province – that as the rate falls, more units should be constructed, and vice versa. The GPS is also calling for an audit of the Ministry of Social Services, to find existing funding for more social
For more information, please contact Victor Lau at (306)737-5345.