New housing on four sites to include a co-op! - May 10, 2013

New co-op to be part of Land Trust housing development in Vancouver

A partnership of co-op and non-profit organizations led by CHF BC is bringing four sites owned by the City of Vancouver under one roof to build new affordable housing. If approved by Vancouver City Council on May 15, the partnership’s proposal will create 355 affordable homes for families, seniors and people with a mental illness. The newly incorporated Fraserview Housing Co-operative will operate 161 homes as part of the development.

The Community Housing Land Trust Foundation (the Land Trust) is CHF BC’s charitable arm. The Land Trust, which has held land for affordable housing since 1993, will coordinate the non-profit and co-op partners who will build and operate housing on the four properties. The City of Vancouver is leasing the four sites to the Land Trust for 99 years at a nominal rent.

“This is a unique opportunity and we are excited to be partnering with the City of Vancouver and such reputable non-profit housing providers,” said CHF BC executive director Thom Armstrong. “Our members have consistently supported the development of new housing co-ops, and we are proud to be taking this step on their behalf.”

If approved by Council next week, the new development will start construction next spring, with 355 new and desperately needed affordable homes coming onto the market later in 2015. 

You can get more details about the project in our press release and backgrounder.
 

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CHF BC Election Campaign hits final stride

CHF BC’s "You Hold the Key" campaign is a smashing success! And as we head down the home-stretch of the campaign trail, you can get in on the action at events we’re holding in Vancouver and Victoria.
 
You’re invited to a campaign co-op tour today, Friday May 10, in Vancouver, 6 pm at H.W. Flesher Housing Co-op 3545 East 43rd Avenue. Candidates from the Vancouver-Kingsway riding will be there to learn about important issues affecting co-op communities.
 
And on the Island, drop by the co-op open house on Saturday, May 10, 12 noon at Waterside Housing Co-op, B14 - 2820 Harriet Road in Victoria. Candidates from all seven Victoria-area ridings have been invited.
 
Since launching the provincial election campaign in Vancouver and Victoria on April 15, our shadow candidates have been on the campaign trail, telling all parties and candidates that they hold the key to ensure that the provincial government maintains long-term rent assistance for low-income co-op members when federal housing agreements end.

From all-candidates meetings to a housing election forum at our Semi-Annual General Meeting, we've asked the question, got answers, and blogged about it. We've even "pinned" some candidates.
 
If you'd like more information about either of these events please get in touch with CHF BC's election campaign coordinator, Don Hauka at dhauka@chf.bc.ca or (1-866-879-5111) 604-879-5111 ext. 134.

For links to all the latest media coverage and more information about the election campaign, see CHF BC's Election Central And don't forget to vote!