Pets OK BC & The Mustard Seed Street Church
to Co-Host Town Hall Meeting on Pets & Housing
Pets OK BC and The Mustard Seed Street Church welcome the public and key stakeholders to join in a community town hall to consider the issue of pets and housing. As BC residents struggle with a crisis of affordable housing and extremely low vacancy rates, those with pets find themselves at a particular disadvantage. In the current market, finding housing that is both affordable and allows pets is extremely difficult – at times, impossible. In 2016, the BC SPCA recorded that 1774 pets were surrendered in this province due to lack of affordable, pet-friendly housing.
“For many in our community, companion animals are family members who provide meaning, support and friendship, all of which becomes even more significant in times of stress and challenge. We know this is magnified for those living in poverty, on the streets and on the margins of society. Restrictive housing policies can add to their level of trauma,” said Mustard Seed Executive Director Bruce Curtiss. “We support a community conversation of key stakeholders with the goal of arriving at win-win ways forward.”
“A blanket ban on pets by landlords is unreasonable,” said Jordan Reichert of Pets OK BC. “It causes no end of problems and suffering for both animals and people. There are ways of accommodating both pets and the concerns of landlords. BC can and should follow in Ontario’s footsteps and amend the current discriminatory housing legislation. We’d like the opportunity to sit down and engage with fellow stakeholders on this issue in order to work out an equitable solution.”
The town hall will take place at the Cook St. Activity Centre on Saturday, April 8th from 1 till 4 pm. A panel discussion will be followed by breakout groups and a plenary session moderated by former conductor and conflict resolution specialist Peter McCoppin.
RSVP on the Facebook Event Page here.
Where: Cook Street Activity Centre
380 Cook Street, #1, Victoria, V8V 3X7
When: Saturday, April 8th
1pm till 4pm
Entry: Entry is free. The Mustard Seed will be accepting donations of pet food.
About Pets OK BC
Pets OK BC is a community group advocating for the abolition of unreasonable pet restrictions in rental housing in British Columbia, Canada.
About The Mustard Seed Street Church
The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to thousands of people living on the street, as well as the working poor, in greater Victoria since 1975. We are nearly 100 percent community funded. The Mustard Seed operates Vancouver Island’s largest food bank, a hospitality centre for the street community, a residential addiction recovery program at Hope Farm Healing Centre in Duncan, and a family resource centre that supports families and children in crisis and transition. We assist over 5,000 people monthly with the help of more than 50 volunteers every day.
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