High-income earners living in social housing under Selinger NDP

Struggling families left waiting while NDP give housing units to those earning $200,000: Schuler

Access to information documents released earlier today show the number of high-income earners living in publicly-subsidized social housing rose in the past two years under the Selinger NDP. Thousands of individuals and families in need are left waiting while the NDP continues to allow those who can afford otherwise to live in Manitoba social housing.

“It is totally unacceptable that a family struggling to get by is left waiting while more than a dozen people making six figures are allowed to remain in Manitoba housing units,” said Ron Schuler, PC candidate for St. Paul. “Selinger’s waste and mismanagement is hurting families in need.”

This issue was first raised in 2013 by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The NDP claimed they would address the problem. It has only gotten worse.

Access to information documents published by the Manning Centre show in 2015 there were 51 social housing units occupied by someone making $75,000 or more, up from 31 in 2012. Of these 51, there are 14 who earned more than $100,000 including two earning more than $200,000.

There are more than 2,700 struggling Manitobans waiting to access Manitoba housing. This number has doubled since Greg Selinger became premier.

A new Brian Pallister Progressive Conservative government will conduct a value-for-money review, something the NDP has never done, to ensure resources are being directed to where they are actually needed. Eliminating access to taxpayer-subsidized housing for someone making more than $200,000 per year is a good place to start.