Media Advisory: Housing Advocates to Launch BC Affordable Housing Plan on April 10Posted
Comprehensive strategy lays out 10-year roadmap to tackle housing crisis and homelessness
Vancouver, BC (April 5, 2017) – The BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Co-op Housing Federation of BC, LandlordBC, with other members of the BC Rental Housing Coalition will release an Affordable Housing Plan for BC that proposes a series of specific, costed, and immediate measures to increase rental housing supply, close the affordability gap, and address chronic homelessness in BC. Coalition members throughout BC will advocate for this plan in the upcoming BC election.
Media are invited to a news conference on Monday, April 10 at the Housing Central office in Vancouver for the release of the Affordable Housing Plan.
The plan combines rental housing and homeless count data with BC’s population growth estimates, assessments on the condition of BC’s social housing stock, and costs of development. It concludes with recommendations on the cost to government and the community housing sector of implementing the strategy, and innovative cost-sharing mechanisms.
“As we head into a provincial election where housing affordability is the number one issue on voter’s minds, we felt it was important to quantify what it will take to solve this housing crisis in BC,” said Kishone Roy, CEO of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and chair of the coalition. “We have taken a look at the entire housing continuum and will present an evidence-based plan to make BC affordable again.”
WHO: Kishone Tony Roy, CEO of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Thom Armstrong, Executive Director of the Co- operative Housing Federation of BC, and David Hutniak, CEO of LandlordBC will be on hand to present and discuss the Affordable Housing Plan for BC.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 10, 2017 (Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. for set-up.)
WHERE: Housing Central, 220-1651 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC. Underground parking available at the Il Mercato building.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
About the BC Rental Housing Coalition:
The BC Rental Housing Coalition brings together BC’s social housing sector, with the co-operative housing movement, private sector landlords, as well urban planners, and advocates for transition homes, tenants, the community living sector and the homeless.
Rental Housing Coalition Members:
BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Co-op Housing Federation of BC, Landlord BC, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, Vancity, Tri-cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group, BC Society of Transition Houses, Tenant Resource Advisory Centre, BC Seniors Living Association, BC CEO Network and Ready to Rent
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