Vancouver residents protest against rising crime and homelessness

Vancouver residents took to the streets on Tuesday, urging the BC NDP government to take action on rising crime and homelessness.

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."