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More than 50% of new rental and social housing approved in the past decade was done in the last two years alone, according to City of Vancouver data that demonstrates an affordable housing surge in Vancouver.

According to year-to-date data through July 2014, 67% of all rental housing approved since 2003, and 55% of all social housing approved since 2003, has taken place since 2012.

“We’re seeing record levels of new rental and social housing being built in Vancouver, which is crucial for building a future where our city is more inclusive and prosperous,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’re seeing new housing built that meets the needs of people who live and work in our city. Our housing plan and programs are working and the shovels in the ground prove it.”

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The City approved the creation of a new Affordable Housing Agency last night, an arms-length organization based on best practices in other cities to enable the creation of new low and modest income housing in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) will also collect available data on issues such as vacant homes, and provide information on ways to limit investor speculation and unnecessary vacancies in Vancouver’s housing market.

“The Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency will be a key tool in the City’s efforts to create new affordable housing that meets the needs of local residents,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “As well, by designating it as a research hub to monitor issues such as vacant homes and excessive investor speculation, the VAHA will contribute to an informed, fact-based discussion of Vancouver’s housing market.”

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The City is set to launch the new Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency this week, with a report coming to City Council to establish a new agency that will deliver 2,500 new units of affordable housing over six years. It is based on a recommendation from Mayor Robertson’s Affordable Housing Task Force.

“The Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency is our next step in creating new affordable homes for local residents in Vancouver,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We need to be providing a range of housing for different incomes – not just welfare rates, but low and middle-incomes as well.

“We can’t just let the market decide. The City needs to be a leader in creating the affordable housing our residents deserve, especially when there is such a shortage of affordable homes in Vancouver. The VAHA will help make that happen, and I urge all of City Council to support it this Tuesday.”

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Supports new Dragon Boat Facility, secures new opportunity for affordable housing, moves forward with new park planning

A development featuring a total of 620 new residential units was approved by City Council at last night’s Public Hearing, with two new towers to be constructed just west of the Cambie Bridge in North False Creek.

A community amenity contribution of $4.2 million secured from the project will support the building of a new Dragon Boat facility at Creekside Community Centre, fulfilling a longstanding major demand for the popular sport on False Creek. The developer also transferred title to 58 West Hastings (across from Saveonmeats) to the City of Vancouver for use as a future affordable housing site.

Council also directed staff to report back with a timeline on the delivery of a significant new park for Northeast False Creek, in conjunction with the viaducts report anticipated for next year.

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City Council approved a series of measures today to increase protection for heritage and character homes, taking new steps to reduce demolitions and create incentives to preserve historic homes.

“These new policies are practical steps to preserve neighbourhood character, and respond to the concerns we’ve heard from local residents about the demolition of older homes,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’ve put in place new incentives to encourage homeowners to choose preservation over demolition, which will help us maintain heritage and move us closer to our greenest city goals.”

City Council approved the following policies today, which City staff brought forward following direction from Council in 2013 to develop a Heritage Action Plan, as well as part of the Greenest City Action Plan:

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This weekend featured another important milestone in our work together to end street homelessness, and build a range of new affordable housing options throughout Vancouver.

The opening of 123 quality housing units at Kingsway Continental is a significant contribution to increasing non-market rental housing stock in Vancouver. Located on Kingsway at Tyne, the City purchased the former Ramada to add new affordable housing. The positive impact of safe and affordable housing as a stabilizing effect on people’s lives cannot be overemphasized.

We’ve made important progress together toward ensuring that none of our fellow residents are ever forced to sleep on the street at night, but we still have a lot more work to do.

The infographic below highlights our action plan to rise to the challenge, and tells the story of the results we’ve achieved so far. I hope you’ll spread the word.

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