For Immediate Release
“Fighting for Families”: Council candidate unveils vision for more family friendly Victoria
Grace Lore is the only Victoria Council candidate under 35 with children
June 18, 2018 (Victoria, BC) – Victoria’s lack of family-friendly housing is hurting the city’s vibrancy and future says Grace Lore, the only council candidate under 35 with young children. At her campaign launch yesterday in Fernwood Square, Grace unveiled her vision for a vibrant, inclusive Victoria with more and better housing options for families.
“I’m proud to call Victoria home and proud to raise my family here, but I, like many young people, renters, families and non-homeowners are struggling to make it work,” says Grace Lore. “People are feeling pushed out. Young people want to have their families in Victoria, but we risk losing them to other, more affordable and sustainable communities. I’m running for Council to because there needs to be a voice at the table and space for families in Victoria.”
Her candidacy launched yesterday focuses on “Making Space for Families in Victoria, Building Vibrant, Inclusive Communities for Everyone”. Grace proposes:
- More housing that works for young families, including townhouses, housing co-ops, suitable laneway homes, and more garden suites.
- Building multi-use, intergenerational, and inter-cultural spaces in collaboration with community organizations, like more daycares and preschools.
- Supporting walkable neighbourhoods, urban villages, and community assets, like squares, parks, and markets, which prioritize family, public and mental health, and neighbourhood diversity and inclusion.
Victoria has only about half as many children under 14 as comparable Canadian cities (17% vs 9%), despite having roughly the same number of 25-40 year-olds.
“It’s no surprise Victoria is rapidly losing young families and kids when less than one percent of the rental stock is suitable for families with two or more children. Especially when we compare this to a whopping 10,000 one bedroom apartments,” continues Grace. ”Without better housing options for families – and soon – our city will hollow out. I want to keep Victoria vibrant and build neighbourhoods for everyone to make sure that anyone who wants to put down roots in this city and contribute to our economy and communities can.”
Grace is self-employed, a marathon runner, mom to two and long-time volunteer at the sexual assault centre. She also teaches at UVIC, is a sought-after political commentator, researcher and advocate. Grace has a Ph.D. in Political Science.
To learn more about Grace and her vision for Victoria, visit GraceLore.ca
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