CHF BC members met on Sunday, May 26, for an afternoon packed with exciting news and opportunities to connect.
The afternoon began with a lunch and the presentation of our popular CHF BC scholarships. This year’s winners are Amanda Hill of Tidal Flats Co-op in Vancouver and Darya Kalyuk-Klyuchareva of City Edge Co-op also in Vancouver.
Delegates then took part in a fun networking session where they sat together to consider the burning issues in their housing co-ops, what their co-ops are doing to build stronger communities and how CHF BC has helped them. They also had a chance to consider the two resolutions that were later passed at the business meeting: one resoplution called on all levels of government to protect community housing assets and another that asks us to work with our national co-operative housing partners to secure final approval from the federal government of a replacement subsidy program for low-income members in federally funded housing co-operatives before the 2019 federal election.
The board report featured highlights of our work over the year including the continued growth of new community housing development pioneered by CHF BC’s Community Land Trust. A recent provincial announcement of 4,900 new homes will see the investment of $65.7 million in the development of 657 new homes through the Land Trust.
Members approved CHF BC’s budget for 2019-20, which outlined an ambitious set of outcomes and a minimal 5 cent dues increase for Class A members, to $4.15 per unit per month for occupied housing co-ops and dues for Class B and C members to increase from $350 to $360.