New low-cost housing for families coming to West End

This week, City Council approved the first social housing delivered through the new West End Community Plan. The 27 units of low-cost social housing, to be built at the corner of Davie St and Jervis St, will be the first new social housing built in the West End since 2004.

“There is a huge need for affordable housing in Vancouver, and the West End has one of the lowest vacancy rates in the city at 0.3%” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Affordable housing remains a top priority for Vancouver City Council, and this project builds on City Hall’s work to deliver urgently needed housing for families.”

In accordance with the West End Community Plan, 50% of the units will be two and three bedrooms for families with children.

The units are being provided through inclusionary zoning under the West End Community Plan, which provides bonus density to developers who include social housing units in new projects.

Rents for the units will range from the shelter component of Income Assistance to a maximum of the CMHC average market rent for the local area. As required by the RM-5D District Schedule zoning for the West End, a minimum of 30% of the units will rent to households with incomes below BC Housing’s Housing Income Limits.

Staff report: http://council.vancouver.ca/20160308/documents/a7.pdf