Municipal and provincial politicians have weighed in on the development of a tent city in front of Prince Rupert City Hall.
Concerned residents set up the tents Wednesday to provide shelter and raise awareness about homelessness and affordable housing in the city.
Mayor Lee Brain says Prince Rupert’s rental market is still seeing the effects of LNG-related speculation that saw many tenants reno-victed as property owners sought to sell their homes as property values increased from 2012-2017.
Brain says the trend hasn’t slowed with development at the Port of Prince Rupert and adjacent industries. The mayor says economic benefits related to port growth have not flowed to the city’s underprivileged families, many of whom he says are in precarious housing positions.
North Coast NDP MLA Jennifer Rice says her government is working to develop a Homelessness Action Plan and housing strategy for the province and adds that it’s concerning when anyone is struggling with homelessness.
Rice says she’s spoken with Mayor Brain and housing minister Selina Robinson about short-term and long-term solutions for stable housing in the Prince Rupert area.