Affordable housing project on Cortes Island

Election 2020: Affordable Homes

One of the key issues in this election is British Columbia’s lack of affordable housing. Earlier this year, the NDP government stated that it built, or is building, 25,000 new affordable homes.

Photo credit: Construction site by Scott Lewis via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

Affordable Housing in Campbell River

Some of these projects are in our region. Cortes Currents has posts about three projects, with 120 homes, in Campbell River

Kristi Schwanicke, Coordinator of the Campbell River & District Coalition to End Homelessness, says these projects will have a tremendous impact on the city’s homeless problem. 

In last week’s edition of Folk U, Manda Aufochs Gillespie reported: 

“ … I also reached to get more specific stats from the BC Housing Research Centre on this very question and they told me get back in touch after the new cabinet has been formed. However the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing did issue this comment earlier, in preparation for this series.”

The homeless camp in Campbell River – courtesy City of Campbell River website

Affordable Housing on small islands

“We know that for many years communities across the province, including small island communities, have been facing a shortage of affordable housing. Our Government is making the largest affordable housing investment in BC history, including thousands of mixed income affordable homes already underway around the province, with more to come.”

“Through the Building BC Community Housing Funds first intake, launched in 2018, we are currently working with non-profits to build new affordable rental homes on: 

“The province has also recently issued a second call for proposals under the community housing fund and communities are encouraged for more housing to meet their needs.”  

Phase one of the Cortes Island Seniors village, phase two is under construction – Cortes Island Seniors Society

Political Banter

Affordable housing was on the list of questions Cortes Currents sent out to the NDP, Liberal and Green candidates in our riding.

A member of the BC Liberal team ‘respectively declined’ to comment, suggesting that we check their press releases instead. One of these states the government only built 2,430 rental units during the first two years of their mandate.

According to a November 5, 2019 article in the Vancouver SUN, “Two years into the NDP’s mandate, an update from B.C. Housing shows almost half of 13,182 affordable housing units — earmarked for general affordability, rental, homelessness, Indigenous housing and women’s transition support — are still labelled ‘in progress’ because they don’t have the required funding or commitments to proceed.”

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

One thought on “Election 2020: Affordable Homes”

  1. Election 2020 has proved to be useful for a lot of people, and there are so many affordable homes now. It wasn’t the case before, so credit has to go to the government for doing a great job.

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