One Per Cent Home Sweet Home

If you happen to be downtown today, and have a few minutes to spare, swing by Victoria Park. Until 6 p.m. there’s an art installation on display on the east side of the park that addresses the issue of housing and homelessness. It’s organized by Common Weal Community Arts in partnership with a whole pile of community-minded organizations and individuals.

The installation takes its name from the current vacancy rate for rental housing in Regina ie. one per cent. In their publicity release, organizers provided a few other thought-provoking figures. In the last four years, the average cost to rent a one bedroom apartment in Regina has increased 43-per cent,  and now sits at  $802 per month. For someone on social assistance, that represents 97 per cent of their monthly allowance.

For a minimum wage earner, that amount of rent, coupled with food, represents 73 per cent of their monthly income.  According to Stats Canada, the average Canadian family spends 36 percent of its income on shelter, food, and clothing. If a family spends more than 56 percent of their income on those necessities they are considered to be living below the poverty line.

And yeah, I know the weather sucks today. But at least most of us have a comfortable and safe place we’ll be able to go tonight to escape the snow, wind and cold. For a growing number of people in Regina (and Saskatchewan) that’s no longer an affordable proposition. For more info on housing and homelessness in Regina visit www.pathwaysregina.com

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your puny human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

5 thoughts on “One Per Cent Home Sweet Home”

  1. Just a quick note of appreciation to Gerry Rucker of Common Weal as well as to all the other participants today for helping to bring attention to the very serious issue of affordable housing and homelessness in Regina. Kudos to you!

    Now let’s hope those with the power to effect change are listening!

    –“The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing,
    becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way
    you’re accountable.”
    Arundhati Roy

  2. WOW!

    Erin looks all grown up. Those Passmore kids are always gracing the cover of PrairieDog. But it’s true. She has the voice of a 40 year old black soul singer. She can really belt it out.

    Nathan Mosewich

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