Saturday, December 17, 2016

-What I would really like is for Christy Clark and crew to be in the position of these vulnerable citizens for even one day and by golly we'd see change.--------Norton says the thought of being homeless with her disability is frightening. "Terrifies me. Terrifies me. I have panic attacks about it. Nothing I can do," she said.-------------Due to her disability, Norton can no longer wash her hair or get in the tub. She spends the entire day in a chair and uses an office chair to motor herself to the bathroom. Norton says her current residence is completely rundown, has a bedbug problem and admits it really is in need of renovations. She describes her living conditions as deplorable. She says she has applied to at least 40 different B.C Housing buildings in Vancouver, but there is no estimated wait time on when she will get in. ------------B.C. Housing says it can't provide details about Norton's housing history because of privacy rules, but a person at risk of homelessness with a disability is given priority for housing. ----"She can't go from shelter to shelter with her belongings," she said. --


Vancouver woman with disability facing homelessness after waiting on B.C. Housing for 7 years

Karen Norton, 54, has primary progressive MS and needs to leave her place by the end of January

Tina Lovgreen · CBC NewsDecember 16, 2016
54-year-old Karen Norton has MS and is at risk of being homeless
Karen Norton has MS and is terrified of being homeless. She was handed an eviction notice and has to move out by the end of January. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
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Karen Norton says she has been waiting to get into B.C. Housing since 2009.
Her need for housing has become more desperate after she was handed an eviction notice in November asking her to move out by the end of January, so the landlord can undertake renovations.
"I have no place to go," said Norton, who was diagnosed with primary progressive MS.
"I don't know if I'm going to be homeless, if my belongings are going to be in a storage locker. I don't know what is going to happen to me," she said.
Norton, once a vibrant character amongst her friends in the music industry, has been housebound for six years.
"It's very, very difficult," she said.
Karen Norton MS has a disability and is housebound
Norton said she has been housebound for six years because her house doesn't accommodate her disability. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
She says her current house near Main and Broadway — which she moved into 11 years ago when she was able-bodied — has two sets of stairs that she can't climb because of her disability.
She has to be carried up the stairs of the house and requires a cane, wheelchair and scooter to get around.
"I have a loving partner and he gets me out once a week to get my hair done and then for dinner," she said.
Due to her disability, Norton can no longer wash her hair or get in the tub. She spends the entire day in a chair and uses an office chair to motor herself to the bathroom.
Norton says her current residence is completely rundown, has a bedbug problem and admits it really is in need of renovations. She describes her living conditions as deplorable.
She says she has applied to at least 40 different B.C Housing buildings in Vancouver, but there is no estimated wait time on when she will get in.
Karen Norton MS disability evicted waiting for BC Housing
Norton said she is terrified of the thought of being homeless. She fears she won't survive on the streets because of her disability. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
Tenants are picked based on need, and she may not even be a priority, says her MLA, Melanie Mark, who has penned a letter to B.C.'s minister of housing asking her file be reviewed immediately.
"They treat her as someone who has a roof over her head, therefore you're not in dire need. Yet, she has been living in these circumstances for a number of years and her health is continually being compromised," said Mark.
B.C. Housing says it can't provide details about Norton's housing history because of privacy rules, but a person at risk of homelessness with a disability is given priority for housing.
Currently, there are 4, 210 applications for housing in Vancouver, 85 per cent of which are applicants who currently have housing and are looking for alternate forms of housing.
In the letter to the housing minister, Mark wrote that her office sees "one person a day on average with concerns about how long they have been on the B.C. Housing wait list."
Mark said a person in Norton's condition won't be able to survive on the streets.
"She can't go from shelter to shelter with her belongings," she said.
Norton says the thought of being homeless with her disability is frightening.
"Terrifies me. Terrifies me. I have panic attacks about it. Nothing I can do," she said.


Julie Ali
Just now
Absolutely unacceptable situation for a disabled citizen. Folks in BC need to fire this current government. The BC Liberals have no interest in anything other than their own re-election chances. Why they are even in power is beyond my understanding.
BC citizens should yap endlessly to the Clark and get her going on this file. With an election imminent the Clark may be willing to pony up money to help the most disadvantaged rather than the most rich in the province. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/…/foreign-b…/article31941312/



Karen Norton has been waiting to get into B.C. Housing since 2009. Her need for housing has become more desperate after she was handed an eviction notice…
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Julie Ali
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Let us all kick BC government rump folks---What I would really like is for Christy Clark and crew to be in the position of these vulnerable citizens for even one day and by golly we'd see change.

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When I read this story on Facebook I was appalled.
Why is this disabled woman living in accommodations that aren't even accessible?
Why is she being forced into homelessness?

I am pretty sure that the government of BC needs a kick in the rump. Why is government so incompetent? In BC they can get going on whatever they want to do pronto but this poor woman has to wait 7 years for a place and can't get a place because BC Housing can't find her a place.

What the heck is wrong with government?
I encourage y'all to write to the Christy Clark government and kick government rump so this poor woman gets an accessible placement now.

I guess you have to be on the streets living in a tent before BC Housing folks do the job they are paid to do:

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/woman-with-disability-waiting-for-bc-housing-for-7-years-1.3900454

B.C. Housing says it can't provide details about Norton's housing history because of privacy rules, but a person at risk of homelessness with a disability is given priority for housing.
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What I would really like is for Christy Clark and crew to be in the position of these vulnerable citizens for even one day and by golly we'd see change.

Now that an election is coming up the Clark government might pretend to care --to really care for the citizens it has nothing but contempt for. I am hoping that BC residents look at the plight of the most vulnerable citizens in BC and ignore the incentives to vote for the BC Liberals and puts the entire crew out to the curb.
They don't deserve to be reelected.



http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/foreign-buyers-tax-gives-christy-clark-scads-to-spend-on-housing/article31941312/
B.C. Premier Christy Clark and B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong during a press conference in Vancouver June 29, 2016. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)
GARY MASON

With an election approaching, Christy Clark suddenly cares a lot more about housing

The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Sep. 16, 2016 7:54PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Sep. 16, 2016 9:31PM EDT
A story last weekend about fraud and tax evasion being carried out by shady speculators operating in B.C.’s frenzied real estate market was mere hours old when the province’s finance minister issued a news release extraordinary for the swiftness with which it was issued.
Mike de Jong’s statement in response to the disturbing disclosures contained in a Globe and Mail investigation might as well have been titled: Don’t blame us, blame them.
“Like all taxpayers I am concerned about allegations that some are not paying their fair share of taxes,” the Finance Minister said. “For Canadians to have confidence in the tax system, the CRA [Canada Revenue Agency] must diligently enforce the law.”
He added that he was going to communicate “this expectation” to his federal counterpart, Bill Morneau. It was a wonder Mr. de Jong didn’t experience whiplash from the furious, head-shaking tone of his missive.
A day later, B.C.’s NDP critic on the real estate file, David Eby, was holding his own news conference intended to make the point that all of the controversies that have been revealed about the Wild West nature of the real estate market in B.C. were the fault of the provincial government, and no one else. It was a lack of proper oversight that had allowed practices like shadow flipping to flourish. And now fraud and tax evasion could be added to the list, too. Days later, both political parties were responding to fresh revelations in The Globe that banks were giving preferential treatment to foreign clients wanting to invest their (possibly dirty) money in the Canadian real estate market.
All of this is to say, there is not an issue more important to either of the two main political parties in the province than housing. It could be the defining question of the provincial election next May. It clearly is the file that Premier Christy Clark is most worried about as she begins to put her battle plan in place for re-election.
While Ms. Clark has taken measures to mitigate some of the public outrage over escalating house prices, she knows they may not be enough to satisfy the braying mob.
An opinion survey this week by Insights West shows that while most British Columbians support the 15-per-cent tax the provincial government imposed in August on foreign buyers, two-thirds of those polled also believe it will have little impact in terms of helping people get into the market.
The government is aware of that skepticism, too.
Luckily for it, it has scads of money to throw at housing initiatives between now and the election. Mr. de Jong announced on Thursday that thanks largely to that sizzling real estate market, the provincial budget surplus for 2016-17 is now expected to be $1.9-billion – more than $1.6-billion over the original estimate.
The additional revenue has come largely from the property-transfer tax that exists on real estate transactions. He said the government will next week reveal $500-million worth of new imperatives aimed at housing affordability. I’m told that won’t be the end of the announcements either. They will go on for weeks, and perhaps even into next year.
Few would have guessed that more than three years after Ms. Clark had secured a surprise election victory on the back of outlandish promises of liquefied natural gas riches, housing might emerge as the predominant issue of the next campaign. It was widely felt that the Premier would have to deliver at least one of the big LNG projects she promised if she hoped to get re-elected.
Now, it would seem that the failure of Ms. Clark to meet her LNG election pledge may not be as costly as the perception her government fiddled while the Greater Vancouver real estate market burned.
At the rate things have been going, there will be many more developments and scandalous revelations on that front before British Columbians go to the polls.
Meantime, you can be assured the B.C. government will treat any threat to its election chances with an urgency we haven’t seen before.



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