The much-romanticized phases of the Sunshine Coast’s past gives this place a glossy sheen. For many, it’s still a hippie hideaway, a draft dodger’s destination, a haven for fishers and loggers, a vacationer’s coastal escape. But research presented in a series of public forums this spring makes it harder to escape a dirtier truth.
An effort is underway to establish a strategy to reduce poverty on the Sunshine Coast and now the public is being invited to hear more about it, ask questions and share their experiences. “The Sunshine Coast is experiencing a crisis,” said Poverty Reduction Strategy Project consultant Betty Baxter in a release announcing three forums called Coming Together on Poverty.
Neighbourhood security, water, and how tenants will be chosen were the top questions during an online public information session on the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society’s (SCCSS) proposed housing project in Sechelt.
A recently completed Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) for the Sunshine Coast seems to confirm what many on the Coast already believe – housing is getting harder to find and harder to afford.