Three levels of government and co-op and non-profit housing groups have come together to create more affordable housing units in Vancouver.
Today Mayor Robertson announced 358 units will be built across four locations in the city.
He says of those, 288 will be set aside for seniors and families.
$110 million dollars is being spent, with those units available for about 25% under the market rate.
“We do have a fair bit of resistance to density when it is proposed.”
Density coming to single family neighbourhoods
At the announcement the mayor said the city will continue to densify and single family neighbourhoods might be next.
Robertson says so far the city has been densifying areas near downtown and along transit corridors.
“But the city is growing and developing and there will always be a next step in terms of density and development. We want to be careful and make sure the community is thoroughly engaged and consulted as we make major changes in neighbourhoods.”
Robertson says the city will continue to continue down a density path begun with secondary suites and laneway houses on single family lots.
“That is a way of gently densifying the single family home neighbourhoods and making sure that there is more people living in them. We are also looking at more density close to schools around the city making sure that families can access walking distance from schools in those neighbourhoods where currently it is low density. That is a next step that we are looking at to address the shortage of family housing in Vancouver.”
Minister of National Defence talks income inequality
Canada’s Minister of National Defence and MP for Vancouver South says housing affordability is a massive issue needing addressing.
Harjit Sajjan says the announcement is a step in the right direction.
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Sajjan says affordability and income inequality are the base cause of a lot of ills in society.
“People don’t care about what level of government that you are on or what jurisdiction it is about whether you can solve the problem. We know that, as a police officer, the signficiant challenges we dealt when it comes to if parents can’t afford a roof over their head or food it creates a lot of challenges for their kids.”
He says hard data is needed to properly address the affordability issue as knee jerk reactions will only make things worse.
Housing Minister; some Vancouver councillors are too negative
BC’s Housing minister thinks some Vancouver city councillors need to stop their griping and be positive.
Rich Coleman says there are politics in housing and when some Vancouver city councillors point their fingers at his government for not doing enough..
“We have a good working relationship with the city but you know there is always one or two councillors that always have an opinion that it is not enough. I don’t get that from Gregor just so you know. I guess some people just have to get up and whine everyday I don’t know. You just have to look at it as the glass is half full not half empty right.”
Coleman says over his government has helped to build over two-thousand housing units in the city in the last five to seven years.
He says that doesn’t include services introduced for mental health and addiction, 24 buildings and shelters that have been bought and renovated.