Progress with this initiative
2014 progress update on the Housing Strategy
May 26, 2015 - Through policies and partnerships, the City has leveraged almost 10,000 new units of housing geared to low and middle income households, ranging from social and supportive housing, to new laneway, secondary suite, and market rental homes.
Changes in low-income housing
April 16, 2014 - Staff updated Council on challenges with low-income housing during 2013.
New fire hall to include 31 units of non-market housing
December 18, 2013 – Council appointed the YWCA Metro Vancouver as a lease holder for 31 units of non-market rental housing as part of the new Fire Hall No. 5 building. Low- to moderate-income single mothers and their children will live in the units once they are completed. Using civic land and facilities to encourage partnerships in non-market housing is a Council priority and part of the larger Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2012-2021.
2013 actions toward ending homelessness
October 8, 2013 – The General Manager of Community Services and the Assistant Director of Housing Policy presented 2013 homeless count data, along with details of the 2013/2014 temporary winter shelter and interim housing strategy.
Four new winter response shelters announced
October 24, 2012 – The Mayor and Premier announce that the City and Province will open four temporary winter response shelters to meet the needs of people living on the streets during the cold and wet weather season.
The winter response shelters will provide more than 160 spaces for homeless people from the beginning of December 2012 to the end of May 2013.
Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability releases final report
October 4, 2012 – The Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability presented their final report to Council on 3 October and 4 October, 2012. Task Force recommendations provide a framework for progress, delivering a set of bold and pragmatic actions to confront out city's lack of affordability. Council directed staff to implement the Task Force's action plan with revisions to Actions 1, 2, 3, and 13.
Interim Rezoning Policy approved by Council
October 3, 2012 – City Council approved an Interim Rezoning Policy for Affordable Housing, aimed at encouraging innovation and enabling real examples of ground-oriented affordable housing types. These will be tested for potential wider application in order to provide ongoing affordable housing opportunities.
More Homes, More Affordability program launched
August 9, 2012 – The City is seeking proposals to build an estimated 500 new units of affordable housing on six City-owned sites, as part of the new "More Homes, More Affordability" program. This program will use partnerships to build below-market housing, which will then be operated through long-term leases with the City.
re:THINK winners announced
July 30, 2012 – re:THINK winners were announced at a free event on Monday, July 30 at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The City received almost 70 ideas and 8,000 votes. Winning entries will be submitted to the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability, and will be included in the final report to Vancouver City Council. Spacing Magazine will also publish the winning entries in their Fall 2012 national edition.
July 5, 2012 – The City unveiled the "Re:THINK Housing" competition entries, during a short program hosted by CBC Radio One's Shiral Tobin at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
"re:THINK HOUSING" open ideas competition launched
June 28, 2012 – As part of the work being done by the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability, the City has launched an open ideas competition. Aimed at anyone who is interested in affordable housing, the competition is designed to generate a broader discussion of possibilities for Vancouver's housing crisis.
Rental 100: Secured Market Rental Housing Policy
May 15, 2012 – Council approved the Secured Market Rental Housing Policy, which will encourage new secured purpose-built rental housing, and builds on the lessons learned from the STIR (Short Term Incentives for Rental) pilot program.
Task Force on Housing Affordability releases initial recommendations
March 12, 2012 – The Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability released its initial recommendations, which include a list of Quick Actions for the City:
- Fast track applications
- Use inclusionary zoning
- Leverage City assets
- Wield influence
Read the Task Force progress report
The Housing and Homelessness Strategy three-year plan is released
28 July 28, 2011 – The Housing and Homelessness Strategy is being implemented in 3-year "action plans," tied to capital planning. The first 3-year plan, which covers 2012-2014, is now being implemented.
Key actions of this plan include:
- Complete all 14 supportive housing sites across the city, and ensure they can be accessed by local homeless
- Enhance an ongoing incentive program to provide more secure market rental units throughout the city
- Protect, update, and enhance existing single room occupancy hotels, supportive, social, and purpose-built rental housing
- Ensure shelters, support, and social housing are located in neighbourhoods where they are most needed
- Improve the quality of existing services for the homeless and specific vulnerable populations
Download the three-year plan