Vancouver residents took to the streets on Tuesday, urging the BC NDP government to take action on rising crime and homelessness. Vancouver has recently seen a surge in crime with break-ins doubling in some areas. The city has also seen a rise in homelessness, not only due to COVID-19 but also the resettlement of a prominent tent city.
This protest occurred just one day after a man was seen chasing people with a Chainsaw in Strathcona. The Strathcona neighborhood of Vancouver is mostly known for having a comparatively large homeless population. Though homelessness has been an issue in Vancouver for some time, local residents say it has now reached a boiling point.
The demonstration was hosted by "Safe Homes for All," a group of Strathcona residents that occupy all forms of housing, including owned homes, rented homes, care homes, co-op housing, and social housing.
Their website states, "Our community has also experienced a steady increase in personal crime, property crime and public health hazards."
Safe Homes for All says that they attribute this issue to "government action and neglect."