Presentation on theme: "AFFORDABLE HOUSING Nelli Richardson City Councillor City of Revelstoke PRESENTATION TO THE UNION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA MUNICIPALITIES CONFERENCE VANCOUVER,"— Presentation transcript:
AFFORDABLE HOUSING Nelli Richardson City Councillor City of Revelstoke PRESENTATION TO THE UNION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA MUNICIPALITIES CONFERENCE VANCOUVER, B.C. SEPTEMBER, 2003
Community Background Settled 1880’s – building of railway Transportation (road and rail), Forestry & Mining Boom and bust – 20 years of major dam construction on the Columbia River ending 1985 Population 8,000
Housing Stock (1996 Census Data) Type of Unit Number Single detached house2,070 Semi-detached house 110 Row house 30 Apartment/duplex 525 Movable homes 415
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IDENTIFIED AS AN ISSUE BY MUNICIPALITY OC P (Bylaw 1519) Objective: It is Council's objective to encourage the development of affordable, special needs and rental housing in Revelstoke.
BYLAW 1519 (contd.) Policies 1.designate land for a range of residential uses and densities within the City. 2.implement the City's affordable housing strategy with the support of the provincial Ministry of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services. The purpose of this strategy was to more accurately assess the need for affordable, special needs and rental housing, and to determine how the City may best respond to these needs. 3. encourage developers to provide affordable and special needs housing as integral components of any residential developments in the City.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IDENTIFIED AS AN ISSUE BY COMMUNITY: REVELSTOKE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN (2001) Objectives: Increase affordable, safe housing for families, for those living on low incomes and for people living with disabilities by 20 units. Continue the housing resource centre with long- term funding (city) Complete an inventory of available low income housing and housing accessible to people with mental and physical disabilities
REVELSTOKE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN (contd.) Establish a municipal standards of maintenance bylaw (city) Continue to explore home grown solutions/Habitat for Humanity options for affordable housing Establish a municipal policy on low cost housing. Consider providing tax incentives to support improvement in low cost housing units (city) Develop and implement a secondary suites policy (city)
ROLE OF MUNICIPALITY REGULATION COORDINATION (HOUSING COMMITTEE) WORK WITH NON PROFIT SECTOR WORK WITH LANDLORDS
ROLE OF NON-PROFIT SECTOR OPERATE HOUSING RESOURCE CENTRE PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO RENTERS LIAISE WITH LANDLORDS
NEXT STEPS: ISSUES IDENTIFIED BY HOUSING COMMITTEE ISSUE 1 Lack of public awareness of the impact of inadequate housing; this includes aging, deteriorating housing stock, as well as, units that are not built to code. ISSUE 2 Lack of second stage (rental) housing for women and women with children, fleeing abusive situations; and shortage of rental housing for tenants with disabilities.
NEXT STEPS: ISSUES (contd.) ISSUE 3 Many low-income tenants spend over 30% of their gross income on rent; some of them spend more than 50%. ISSUE 4 High tenant turnover rate; the lack of adequate/suitable/affordable rental housing may be the reason many low to moderate income tenants spend less than one year in their unit before moving on.
NEXT STEPS: ISSUES (contd.) ISSUE 5 35% of landlords do not formally advertise vacancies, preferring word of mouth. ISSUE 6 Lack of broad-based community support for addressing housing issues. ISSUE 7 More information is needed about the homeless and the homeless at risk in Revelstoke.