New Brunswick Action at NB Housing Summit – Rent Control ‘not off the table’
Posted May 3, 2023
On May 2nd NB ACORN and housing allies across allies came at the provincial governments plans for a housing strategy without rent control, and at the end of the day Housing Minister Jill Green admitted that the return of the rent cap was not off the table.
Outside of the conservative’s government’s Housing Futures Summit in Saint John, ACORN and allies rallied with a clear message that there is no affordable without rent control. A contingent of ACORN members carpooled from Moncton, Fredericton, and St Andrews for the rally and were joined by fellow members and allies from Saint John. Press attention was gathered and new alliances formed!
The rally was led and organized by NB ACORN Chair Nichola Taylor, with the help of Sarah Linney, Angus Fletcher, Peter Jongeneelen, Lise Aufray, Glen Harris, Darcy Wallace and Vanessa Jones. The rally tied a bow on a day of resistance to the PC governments cancellation of the Rent Cap, and their flailing attempts to make appear to be tackling the issue of affordable housing.
Adding to the message of the day that rent control needs to be part of the affordable housing strategy was our Allies at the NB Tenant Rights Coalition. They released a report that lays out how 8600 units of affordable housing were lost in New Brunswick between the years 2016 and 2021.