Decentralize Social Support
As a south end resident I am extremely dissapointed in the placement of supportive and affordable housing. I am not against the idea and believe the housing that has been introduced has been fabulous. This being said all the supportive and affordable housing has been centralized into the south end. BCHousing has a great website tailored to capturing and supporting the concerns of neighbours however this is a city wide problem being tackled by one portion of the city. And thanks to BC housing' online webinar introducing the new agreement with Nanaimo they repeatedly stated two of the main reasons for site selection included cost of land and policies allowing development. We appreciate being told the land in our neighbourhood is the cheapest in the city. I would hope that the city could spread some of the housing throughout Nanaimo so the south end land may have a chance of not having the cheapest land in the city. BC housing does a great job, building integrate well and staff do a wonderful job of helping residents. This is with a building, Nanaimo you just agreed to place 4 new sites within close proximity in a neighbourhood that is already facing their fare share of issues. Nanaimo, my photo is taken directly from BC housing's website, please find the link here https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/nanaimo. They did not even bother including the whole city in the map they chose to post on their website. As a south end resident I agree my neighbourhood should do it's part in helping with the complex issues at hand, however this should be tackled collectively and not place an overly large burden within one area.