Rethinking the Housing Affordability Crisis (2015)

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This discussion guide provides an overview of housing affordability in Metro Vancouver, looking at trends in persons experiencing homelessness, available housing supply, rental housing supply, the purchase price of homes, and the percentage of homes with a core housing need.

Key insights:

Compiled by Simon Fraser University, this paper explores:

  • The roles of different levels of government to produce and maintain affordable housing
  • Alternative ownership and tenure models (include housing/equity co-operatives and collaborative housing)
  • Affordable housing finance tools (including equity loans, community land trusts, and group mortgages)
  • Cost saving models to reduce construction costs (including using modular pre-fab housing and micro units) along with each models’ advantages and challenges.