It’s no secret that Greater Victoria is one of the least affordable housing markets in the country, but what does that mean for those living in poverty? Many Victorians are experiencing or at risk of homelessness due to the lack of affordable housing and forced to use food banks and live in sub-standard housing to make ends meet. The situation is much the same across Canada.
Housing Need in Greater Victoria
- Victoria is the fifth most expensive place to rent in Canada
- 12.8% of Greater Victoria households were in core housing need when last calculated in 2006 – higher than the national average.
- The number households in core housing need is growing by approximately 150 households per year.
- On March 31, 2012, there were 1,545 applicant households in Greater Victoria on the Housing Registry. 86% of these households were families, people with disabilities and seniors.
For more information about the challenge in Greater Victoria: 2011/12 Report on Housing and Supports
*Infographic used with the permission of Citizens for Public Justice, a national faith-based organization working for change in public policy.