International Housing Partnership
A collaboration between the HRC, BC Housing, Incommunities (UK) and International Housing Partnership (US) to produce a series of concise and graphically appealing documents outlining and comparing the affordable housing paradigms in Australia, Canada, England and the US.
Authors: Erin LaRocque, Jessica Todd
No Vacancy 2018
In 2016, No Vacancy: Affordability and Homelessness in Vancouver provided a point in time snapshot of the growing affordability crisis within the City of Vancouver. By examining structural factors such as vacancy rates at low-end-of-market, cost of average rent, available income, cost of living, social housing built, and rent supplements provided, No Vacancy concluded that within the then-current environment, “homelessness [would] continue to grow without addressing these key structural issues.” The most recent point-in-time homeless counts, along with updated data on vacancy rates throughout Metro Vancouver suggest this to be the case. Low-income families, specifically single-parent families, are faced with a stagnant supply of affordable housing options and low vacancy rates, contributing to an increasing level of unaffordability. Due to this reality, much of this report focuses on the challenges low-income families encounter when trying to secure appropriate housing. With the crisis spreading, calling Metro Vancouver home is only getting harder.
Authors: Penny Gurstein, Erin LaRocque, Bobby MacDonald
Inclusive Communities of Care
Beginning in 2017, the Housing Research Collaborative (HRC) began working with the Riverview Village Intentional Community Society (RVICS) for the purposes of supporting RVICS’ vision for the Riverview Hospital grounds in Coquitlam, BC, on the traditional territory of Kwikwetlem First Nation. RVICS sought research looking into inclusive communities of care as long-term support systems for marginalized populations, specifically for those with serious mental illness, in a pendulum swing back to institutionalization, but in a reimagined way. There is a strong correlation between people with mental illness, developmental or physical disability and/or homelessness and isolation. It has been found that isolation also further aggravates health conditions. On the other hand, inclusive communities have been found to be highly effective at improving socialization and developing surrogate families, as well as being safer and more financially sustainable for both the community and the state. In this discussion paper we examine examples of these models including Geel in Belgium, San Patrignano in Italy, Delancey in California, and international networks such as Camphill Communities, and L’Arche. Collaboration to-date has included the completion of a research report (spring of 2018), and an initial roundtable conference (summer of 2018) which will be followed up with a forthcoming second roundtable.
Authors: Jessica Todd and Brett Freake
Metro Vancouver-Level Housing Data Map & Sources
A collection of sources for housing data, data service providers and housing literature with a focus on Metro Vancouver. For each organization surveyed, a summary of subject matter, services and available variables has been presented. Where possible, hyperlinks to relevant data tables and portals have been provided within the document. All links are up to date as of 25 October 2018. Organizations listed within the Housing Data Map include the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Statistics Canada, Canada Real Estate Association, BC Assessment, BC Land Title & Survey Authority, Metro Vancouver, City of Vancouver, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, BC Housing, Landcor and Altus Group.
Author: Allison Lasocha
Metro Vancouver-Level Housing Data Table
The Metro Vancouver-Level Housing Data Table presents a matrix of housing data variables from twelve organizations according to seven key themes. The organizations reviewed within are: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Statistics Canada, Canadian Real Estate Association, BC Assessment, BC Land Title & Survey Authority, Metro Vancouver, the City of Vancouver, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, BC Housing, Landcorp Data Corporation, Altus Group, and Mortgage Professionals Canada. The variables surveyed fall under the following key themes: Housing Starts & Completions, Price info & Sales Activity, Primary and Secondary Rental Market, Stock and Household Characteristics, Housing Finance & Costs, Housing Needs and Homelessness, and Seniors’ Housing.
Author: Allison Lascocha
Vancouver Community Land Trust Foundation
This case study examines the implementation of the Vancouver Community Land Trust Foundation in Vancouver BC, by a consortium of non-profit organizations, social finance institutions and the City of Vancouver. The case study was created in order to describe and examine the Land Trust as a potential model for providing long-term affordable housing without senior government funding or ongoing operating subsidies. The case study identified significant strengths in the model as well as some initial lessons learned. In particular, replication of the model will require commitment and leadership from government and social finance institutions collaborating in social-public partnerships with non-profit and co-operative housing organizations.
Author: Kristin Patten
Metro Vancouver Housing Affordability Survey
The Housing Justice Project’s survey was created to collect data on housing experiences of Metro Vancouver residents and identify critical issues affecting the delivery of affordable and adequate housing in the region. The project received a total of 222 responses, 179 online and 43 printed. The survey was not designed to be representative of the general Metro Vancouver population. Nevertheless, the findings provide critical information about the region’s housing profile. Respondents noted the critical need to communicate housing affordability as a regional, provincial, and federal issue, and not just a neighbourhood issue. Respondents supported more housing forums and more social housing design contests. Lastly, it was suggested that City Hall should follow up and implement recommendations made by the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability.
Author: The Housing Justice Project