At last night’s public hearing City Council approved applications for two new projects that together will provide 293 new units of housing, including 67 rental units. One of the projects, located at Main St and 2nd Ave, will contain 4,000 sq. ft. of artist studio space for Vancouver’s arts and culture community.
Affordable Housing and Support for Renters
Mayor Gregor Robertson is urging Vancouver City Council to support new recommendations from the City’s Renters’ Advisory Committee that identify provincial changes needed to better protect renters.
“I want to thank the City’s Renters’ Advisory Committee for their extensive, thoughtful research into the changes necessary to better protect Vancouver renters,” said Mayor Robertson. “With more than half of Vancouver households renting and vacancy rates at record lows, it can be extremely challenging for Vancouver renters out there.
At last Tuesday evening’s public hearing City Council approved applications for new market rental housing developments on Galt St near Kingsway and Nanaimo, and on West Broadway at Balaclava St. Together, these projects will add 98 new rental units to Vancouver’s housing stock, with over half of the units designed for families.
Today, Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council approved a new housing development that will feature 178 units of rental housing in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood, with 26 of the units secured at rents 20% below average West End area market rates.
Last night, Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council approved an innovative proposal that will see 31 social housing units built as part of a new fire hall in the Victoria-Fraserview/Killarney neighbourhood, in partnership with the YWCA.
“This project builds on City Hall’s work to deliver urgently needed affordable family housing,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “By partnering with the YWCA, we’re supporting low-income women and their families, delivering housing that our city needs and helping to provide new opportunity to many of our most vulnerable residents.”