The city of Vancouver will look next year at making subsidized housing friendlier for people with pets.
Joshua Prowse with the Community Legal Assistance Society says while its hard for most pet owners to find a rental, those in subsidized housing often face blanket bans.
He says, “Maybe we should only be able to ban pets where there’s a problem with the pet, or where somebody has pets that are too big, or too many pets. We don’t think its reasonable to have a blanket ban on all pets, especially when we know that more than 10 per cent of people who are living on the street have a pet.”
He adds, “We think it’s just unfair to say to these people, ‘well you’re looking either at having a home or having your pet.'”
The city’s Renters Advisory Committee has now sent a motion to Council asking it to use its funding clout with housing providers to break the bans.
It’s also asking the city to write to BC Housing with a similar request.