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Letters: Program should help lower income people

BC Build program has some merit but…
B.C. Premier David Eby announces details of the BC Builds program on the grounds of North Shore Neighbourhood House in North Vancouver, Feb. 13, 2024 | Brent Richter / North Shore News


Re: BC Builds program aims to help middle-income earners (Optimist, May 2)

The BC Builds program has some good ideas like using under utilized land, but I’m not sure I agree with the idea that taxpayers should pay for rental housing for middle-income earners.

The middle-income at the top end of the program is $191,910 for larger rental homes. That’s a large amount of income.

Lisa Helps, an executive lead with BC Builds, says in the article, “It’s not like they can’t afford housing, but that there isn’t enough housing for them to rent.” OK, so they can afford rental housing, yes?

The supply of housing is a different matter that can be solved by construction companies. The government shouldn’t venture into this area with taxpayer funds unless the program is targeted for lower income people.

Keith Munro