Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
January 25, 2018
Categories: Ask the Hub

This post is part of our "Ask the Hub" blog series. Have a homeless-related question you want answered? E-mail us at and we will provide a research-based answer.

Question: Where there are abandoned properties, would it not be a cost-saver to give building owners an incentive to lease the buildings to the city/town ( that the property could be used to house those experiencing homelessness)?

York University; The Homeless Hub
June 18, 2014

The infographic by the Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson’s website reflects key milestones the city has achieved in reducing homelessness in Vancouver since 2008. 

In 2009, the city provided annual funding for low barrier shelters, opened 110 housing units at Dunsmuir housing, and took landlords to court to protect low-income housing. In 2010, the city partnered with the federal government ...

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