TRAC will use this CHI funding to continue assisting South Fraser residents get more involved in the municipal planning process and to actively raise awareness about the needs, benefits of and solutions for affordable housing in the region. In Delta, TRAC sponsored a public forum on secondary suites and assisted residents form the Secondary Suite Association of Delta which is currently working to influence Delta’s secondary suite policy, currently under review.
In White Rock, TRAC worked with White Rock residents to oppose a proposed secondary suite bylaw, which could have resulted in the loss of one-third of the City’s rental housing. In Surrey, TRAC created the Safe and Legal Suites Alliance (SALSA), a coalition promoting secondary suites as an affordable housing option. SALSA has been invited to make presentations to the Mayor, Council and the City’s Social Planning Committee. Building and Pest Inspection Network is an umbrella organization of non-profit housing providers and housing advocates who support the development of affordable, rental and special needs housing. It will use the CHI grant to continue promoting affordable, rental and special needs housing throughout all municipalities in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
The proposal for a new urban village of 20,000 people at the University of British Columbia,the proposal for a new town of 24,000 people in North-East Coquitlam, the affordable housing task force in the City of North Vancouver. In Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore municipalities, the Network collaborated with TRAC to conduct a seminar series on affordable housing. In the coming year, the Network will be involved in a joint community/academic initiative, which partners Vancouver’s downtown eastside groups with UBC academics to seek solutions to combat homelessness, crime and drug addiction at a regional level.
In another initiative, the Network will remain active on steering committee to promote smart growth in British Columbia and affordable housing as a cornerstone of sustainability and sound planning practices. VICTORIA – The Community Housing Information-Victoria is one of nine regional housing centres across the province awarded Community Housing Initiatives (CHI) grants, Malahat-Juan de Fuca MLA Rick Kasper announced today.