About Raise the Rates
RAISE THE RATES is a coalition of community groups and organizations concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia.
Vancouver’s West End. Spencer Chandra Herbert has been elected by the residents of Vancouver West End-Coal Harbour to serve as their MLA three times. A fighter for the underdog, Spencer has been an outspoken advocate for his community, and people across BC. This summer, Spencer helped win a big victory for human rights when he convinced the government to finally act on his call to explicitly protect gender identity and expression in BC’s Human Rights Code. Always looking for solutions, Spencer worked to co-found Vancouver’s Rent Bank, which has now prevented hundreds of people from going homeless. Currently, Spencer is working to improve the Residential Tenancy Act, get action on climate change, and improve BC’s creative economy – to name just a few.
Spencer is participating in the challenge, because he believes that a province as wealthy as BC should do better by its’ most vulnerable citizens. He hears concerns from constituents often about poverty and homelessness and the effects on his neighbourhood of the West End. Access to fresh, healthy food and housing are necessities to live a good life and are determinants of health. Spencer wants to live in a province where no one goes hungry or homeless, and will continue working to build that province.