It’s business as usual for the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association, despite the abrupt dismissal of Vancouver’s chief housing officer yesterday.
CEO Kishone Roy admits he was caught off guard by Mukhtar Latif’s departure, but says even without him, efforts need to be doubled on the affordable housing front with around 20 projects on the go.
“They’ve got a dozen or so non-profits that they’ve pre-selected to manage this housing. They all want to do different types of it, but we don’t know who’s going to be running which units in which development yet. We’re waiting with a lot of anticipation for us to finally link up with those developers and see what this is going to look like.”
Roy says there are plenty of senior staff in Vancouver on the affordable housing front, and that the ecosystem of support has grown – so he doesn’t expect any hiccups on the progress of projects.
“When [Mukhtar Latif] was hired, we were in a very different era. The City of Vancouver thought they had to go it alone, and they probably did. There was no big provincial programs, development of housing, there was no federal programs, no Liberal government, no national housing strategy.”
Roy says the name of the game continues to be partnerships.
He adds he spoke with city officials yesterday to provide an update on the non-profit housing projects for twenty sites.