Housing and Homelessness Top Concern in BC Communities

    PENTICTON, BC, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - 15.8% of British Columbians have named
housing and homelessness as the most important problem facing their community,
up from 14.3% last year. Columbia Institute Executive Director Charley
Beresford says "These numbers show a rising concern about housing and
homelessness in communities across BC. They are a call to action."
    For the second year in a row, British Columbians have put the same five
issues at the top of the heap in response to the open-ended question "What is
the most important problem facing your community?" Besides housing and
homelessness, British Columbians named crime/safety, transportation, and
healthcare as their top five concerns.
    Rising sharply in the rankings over last year though, are economic
concerns such as gas prices, cost of living and unemployment. Gas prices have
moved as a concern from 22nd to 8th spot; concern about 'cost of living' has
jumped from 24th to 12th and concern about Unemployment from 14th to 6th.
    British Columbians think their local government should take strong action
on global warming, even if it means they have to pay higher taxes, with 56% of
British Columbians saying they strongly or somewhat agree.
    The poll was conducted for Columbia Institute by Stratcom June 27th to
July 7th, 2008. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4%, 19 times out of 20.

For further information:

For further information: Charley Beresford, Executive Director, Columbia
Institute, (778) 772-8188, info@columbiainstitute.ca

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