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A well-informed membership makes the co-op housing movement stronger. Keep up-to-date on the latest CHF BC, and co-op housing related, goings-on by reading our latest news below. To get this news—and more— delivered directly to your inbox subscribe to our newsletters.

  5 October 2023   

In the News: The Secret to Real Affordability? Trust in Land

A complex experiment is saving co-ops and developing homes to be affordable. Permanently.

A project of CHF BC has a twofold mission: to rescue old co-ops and to reboot the development of affordable housing, long neglected by the federal government.

  3 October 2023   

New CLT Affordable Housing Project Announced

The governments of Canada and British Columbia along with the City of Vancouver announced combined funding of more than $91 million for a major affordable housing project that will build 154 new homes for people living and working in Vancouver.

The project is owned and operated by Community Land Trust in partnership with McLaren Housing Society. The first two floors will be the new home for QMUNITY, a non-profit organization that works to improve queer, transgender, and Two-Spirit lives.

  2 August 2023   

Podcast: The Financialization of a Housing Crisis

The days of the “mom-and-pop” landlord are largely behind us. Now, housing units are being snapped up or developed by large corporate entities and private-equity firms. It can be hard to figure out who  actually owns a building. Homes being treated like major sources of capital, instead of places for people to live.

Erika Sagert, policy manager for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, has been trying to identify just how many people are affected by this financialization of housing.

  29 March 2023   

The 2023 Federal Budget Misses the Mark on Affordable Housing

We appreciate the focus on improving social supports for low-income Canadians, but are disappointed to see a lack of new investments in affordable housing. Indeed, no number of social supports will do more for low- and middle- income Canadians than ensuring that everybody has access to a safe, secure, affordable place to call home.

Alas, despite communities across the country experiencing explosion in housing need, Budget 2023 does little to address Canada’s worsening housing crisis. Instead, it puts existing affordable housing at risk.

  24 March 2023   

The City of Vancouver wants your input on Seniors Housing!

Your feedback will help the city understand the housing needs of seniors, Elders and older adults aged 55+ living in Vancouver. Your input will help shape policies, partnerships, and advocacy actions being developed as part of the Seniors Housing Strategy this year.

  25 February 2022   

Building the Next Generation of Co-operative Housing

A return to dedicated federal investment designed to build and acquire co-op housing at scale, in partnership with the co-operative housing sector, will help meaningfully address the housing crisis.

  25 January 2022   

Let’s Talk Housing Podcast: Episode 1 Creating Affordable Housing

The team at BC Housing have created a podcast. The first episode features our CEO, Thom Armstrong and there other guests representing community housing organizations in BC.

  1 December 2020   

Affordable Housing Conference Explores Solutions to Tackle Housing Challenges in the Year of Lockdowns and Beyond

First-ever online event will confront the racism, inequities and barriers to housing in B.C. – and generate solutions for secure, affordable housing for all.

  24 February 2020   

Empty Homes Tax Funding for New Non-Profit Homes in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver is launching a new program to help increase the number of non-profit and co-op homes in the municipality.

Using moneys from the Empty Homes Tax and the City’s own capital budget, the program offers incentives that can be paired with funding from other sources.

  29 July 2019   

Housing Advocates Welcome Report from Burnaby Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing

The Co-op Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) and BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) applaud the Burnaby Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing for its vision of Burnaby as a community with affordable housing for all citizens.

  6 June 2019   

Rental-Only Zoning in Richmond

A number of co-ops in the City of Richmond received correspondence outlining the City’s proposal to consider rental-only zones.

Some housing co-ops would be affected by this measure if it were implemented and the City has offered a Public Open House on June 6 (from 4 pm to 8 pm).

This represents an opportunity for co-ops to learn more directly from the City.

  4 May 2018   

Community Land Trust Will Build More Than 1000 Affordable Homes on Land Contributed by City of Vancouver

The Community Land Trust (CLT) is pleased to announce it will be building more than 1000 affordable homes in the City of Vancouver, ensuring low-income families and some of our most vulnerable residents have access to suitable housing that allows them to remain in the inclusive, livable city they call home.

These homes will be built on seven sites in Vancouver, making it the largest one-time municipal land investment into the Community Housing Sector in Canada.

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