Housing and Poverty Need to be Addressed in the Downtown Eastside

The long, systemic problem in the Downtown Eastside has been the failure of public policy to address growing poverty. That's manifested itself in many different ways. Overall, it is people's lack of purchasing power. It's people lacking the basic necessities of life for any kind of decent standard of life, whether it's money to buy an affordable room, whether it's to buy food or clothes or to get to work, or have any kind of semblance of what we would consider a normal life.