Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability
The Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability aims to make Vancouver a more liveable, sustainable, and affordable city. Co-chaired by former provincial cabinet minister Olga Ilich and City of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, the task force includes architects, designers, builders, non-profit associations, apartment owners, academics; and private, non-profit and public sector property developers.
The housing continuum
The task force recognizes a continuum of housing options available to households of all income levels. It ranges from emergency shelter and housing options for the homeless, through to affordable rental housing and home ownership options:
- Single room occupancy (SRO) hotels
- Supportive housing
- Non-market rentals (social housing)
- Purpose-built rentals
- Secondary suites
- Rented condo
- Other ownership
In the continuum, the Housing and Homelessness Strategy addresses shelters, SROs, supportive housing, and social housing. Purpose-built rentals, secondary suites, rented condos, owner-occupied condos, and other ownership are addressed by The Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordabilty.
The task force will develop innovative recommendations from an evidence-base that will help Vancouver become a more sustainable, diverse, and affordable city. It will prioritize affordability for those households with low to moderate incomes (which currently range from $21,500 to $86,500 per year.)
Task force milestones
Deliver interim report by March 12, 2012.
Gather public input from late March through May 2012.
Deliver interim report by June 25, 2012.
Review public feedback through summer 2012.
Deliver final report by September 30, 2012.