Michael

Name: Michael Davy

Occupation: Community Volunteer

Michael grew up in Burnaby. He recently moved back home with his parents as a result of an unsafe and hostile living environment. Michael was experiencing harassment and bullying in his living situation, as well as a dramatic increase in the cost of living, so he was ultimately forced to leave. He would like to see more honesty and transparency in housing management, as well as a wage increase in BC correspondent to the significant increases in cost of living.

We support raising the minimum wage, providing more protection for renters, and building more social housing. The increased minimum wage of $10.25 an hour still does not lift workers above the poverty line. There is a severe shortage of publicly subsidized housing in BC, and many people have to wait years before they are able to live in an affordable rental unit.

“Wages are too low in BC. The cost of living in Vancouver is very, very high. Rent is far higher than my only source of income. If I can afford something, there isn’t anything left.”