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Vancouver housing a landlord's market: task force

Kendall Walters, 24 hours

A housing task force presented 15 recommendations to Vancouver city council Tuesday, trying to address the plight of the homeless and a lack of affordable housing.

Presenters reminded council of Homelessness Action Week, which runs Oct. 7-13 and discussed homeless demographics and issues contributing to homelessness in Vancouver.

One factor is the lack of affordable housing for mid-income renters, which creates a downward pressure that can force out lower income residents, said Brenda Prosken, the city’s general manager of community services.

Abigail Bond, the city’s assistant director of housing policy, said there is “huge competition within the rental market . . . it’s a landlord’s market.”

The Affordable Housing Task Force intends to increase affordable housing for residents who have an annual income between $21,500 (individual) and $86,500 (household).

The task force presented 15 recommendations from the group’s final report, including creating a city housing authority, accelerating the controversial “thin street” pilot projects and permitting rezoning to allow developers to build duplexes, row houses and stacked townhouses within one and half blocks of an arterial street.

 

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