Vancouver’s red hot real estate market has driven one millennial to host a spoof sleep over at City Hall.
Michael Schellenberg says this is his way of responding creatively to his frustrations.
“Since nobody can find anywhere to live, and especially anywhere affordable to live the idea was to all get together and sleepover in the vacant spots in cubicles that weren’t being used in the municipal city hall”
Nearly three-hundred people say they will be attending the sleep over.
The twenty-five year old says he is frustrated with how governments have responded to the housing crisis.
He says the June 1st event started as a joke and the enthusiastic response is a sign that his generation wants solutions.
“This was meant as a joke but it would seem like a lot of people are very read to tell the establishment why they are upset”
The discussion page is littered with memes featuring mayor Gregor Robertson and a survey of which Robertson-themed activities attendees would like to see happen during the (supposed) sleep over.
Schellenberg says he is on the verge of a renoviction and is struggling to find a new home in Vancouver.
As a relative newcomer to the city, he says he wasn’t prepared for how difficult it would be to find an affordable place.
Schellenberg says he makes significantly above minimum wage but hasn’t been able to find an apartment he can afford.