October 17, 2016 - Mayor Gregor Robertson met with Vancouver residents today to discuss their struggle to buy or rent in an unaffordable housing market. In partnership with Generation Squeeze, the Mayor’s Roundtable focused on housing affordability for residents under 40, and included participants from across the City facing a variety of challenges in accessing affordable housing in Vancouver.
Next week, Council will consider recommendations for increasing base level operating cash grants for seven local cultural organizations, in a report being presented on Tuesday. The funding provides a $110,300 boost in an effort to equalize support among cultural organizations that deliver core civic programs and services.
The City of Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) is partnering with Vancouver Chinatown Foundation (VCF) and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to provide greatly needed homes and expanded access to health care services in the Downtown Eastside. The innovative project at 58 West Hastings will create a facility with about 250 homes and a 55-thousand square foot integrated health centre.
The City of Vancouver and the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) have taken a significant step in realizing an innovative social service hub for urban aboriginal youth by securing all the land for the new Native Youth Centre. The Centre will be the first of its kind in Canada: a purpose built, Aboriginal youth-led, multipurpose facility offering social, cultural, educational and health related programs, including 220 affordable homes.