Today, November 22 2017, is National Housing Day.
Federally, the Government of Canada launched their National Housing Strategy, “a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will … give more Canadians across the country a place to call home.”
Acknowledging there are 1.7 million Canadian families still don’t have homes that meet their basic needs, the Federal government is setting out to “cut chronic homelessness in half, remove 530,000 families from housing need and invest in the construction of up to 100,000 new affordable homes.”
Access to affordable housing, Canada-wide has hit crisis levels.
Canada’s housing crisis can’t be ignored—this #NationalHousingDay, we’re renewing our vow to work toward a world where everyone has a decent home. #NationalHousingStrategy #LetsTalkHousing pic.twitter.com/t3cWRqLrOv
— Habitat for Humanity (@HabitatCanada) November 22, 2017
The numbers speak for themselves. @JustinTrudeau @jyduclos release the #NationalHousingStrategy.
– Ambitious goals
– New housing programs
– Critical policy measures
These are building blocks for transformative #homelessness policy. pic.twitter.com/bOZ72Cp2FI
— Dave K. French (@DaveKFrench) November 22, 2017
In BC, Premier John Horgan also made a statement about the need for affordable housing.
“Too many British Columbians are struggling to find housing they can afford. Some B.C. cities are among the least affordable housing markets in the country,” reads Horgan’s statement. “That’s why we are working with partners to build new, affordable homes for people in every region of B.C., starting with 1,700 affordable rentals, and 2,000 modular homes with 24/7 supports, for our most vulnerable residents.”
Horgan has taken steps to bring affordable housing some of the bigger communities on the mainland.
Even here in Sooke, where there is no working definition of “affordable housing” Councillor Ebony Logins is making an effort to establish an affordable housing select committee.
A measure of affordability for housing, according to the CMHC, is that housing (rental, or mortgage) costs be no more than 30% of the household income. So, to afford $950 one-bedroom apartment, the annual household income would have to be $38,000.
The price of housing in Sooke and Greater Victoria has skyrocketed over the past few years, adding to the challenge of affordable housing.
Based on 30% of a household’s annual income, following is what would be deemed affordable.
|If your annual income were:||Your monthly income is:||Affordable housing costs (rent or mortgage)||Which means you can assume a total mortgage* of:|
|(*assuming a mortgage rate of 4.25, amortized over 20 years)|
- The aging face of homelessness in North American cities
- B.C. government invests in new homes for Indigenous peoples in Langford
- Affordable rental homes on the way in Sooke (244 units) and Langford (250 units)
- New affordable homes, child care spaces on the way for people in Langford
- Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the annual allowable rent increase will be 2.5%.
- Letter: Compassion is needed, as many with homes are also one paycheque away from being homeless
- Rapid response to homelessness sees 2,000 modular homes built in BC
- Homelessness in Sooke: It exists
- Members of Affordable Housing Committee appointed
- District seeks membership for the Affordable Housing Committee