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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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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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Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council voted today to approve a new, forward-looking Oakridge Centre project that will support over 5,000 jobs, provide $228 million in new community amenities, and deliver important new family and social housing on Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor.

“The new Oakridge Centre will support thousands of new jobs, build urgently-needed new affordable housing, and offer remarkable community benefits, including new childcare spaces, a new community centre and library, a new seniors’ centre, and significant new park space,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy identified Oakridge as a regional town centre, and this project helps ensure that Vancouver’s growth is managed in a way that is responsible, transit-oriented, and delivers unprecedented new services to our residents.

“Close to 1.5 million more people are moving to Metro Vancouver by 2040. By focusing new development at a major hub like Oakridge, we can manage future growth while protecting the character of our single-family neighbourhoods. This is a forward-looking project that addresses some of Vancouver’s most urgent needs: more job space, more affordable housing, more child care spaces and better support for seniors.”

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The City of Vancouver is increasing its homeless advocacy and outreach services by both expanding the reach of its Homeless Outreach Team to be city-wide, and appointing a new Director of Services for the Homeless.

“The City’s goal is to ensure that no one has to sleep on the streets at night, and our expansion of new homeless shelters, interim housing and permanent housing have made a real difference,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “By expanding and improving how the City does outreach to its most vulnerable residents, we can help people get off the street faster, and into a home that meets their needs. That’s how we can build a stronger, more caring Vancouver.”

“I’d also like to welcome Ethel Whitty into her new role as Director of Services for the Homeless, who will be overseeing the City’s work to expand outreach and support for our homeless residents.”

The City will coordinate the work of its Tenant Assistance Program, which started in the late 1980s to support displaced seniors in Kerrisdale, with that of the Homeless Outreach Team, currently under the direction of the Carnegie Centre, to create a city-wide Outreach Service.

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