News Release from CVRD – May 10, 2018
CVRD Launches Affordable Housing PlaceSpeak Topic
BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has launched a new PlaceSpeak topic aimed at spurring discussion around the issue of affordable housing in the Cowichan region.
The CVRD Board is considering Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 4201 to provide an annual financial contribution to the Cowichan Housing Association to assist with costs related to creating more affordable housing.
The proposed bylaw addresses the issue of affordable housing in the region by:
Creating a regional service to provide annual funding to the Cowichan Housing Association to assist with costs for programs and services related to affordable housing and homelessness prevention in the Cowichan region;
Establishing a tax to raise $765,000 per year to be managed by the Cowichan Housing Association to leverage and attract funding from the federal and provincial governments to build affordable housing. This tax will be assessed through an annual property value tax of $4.58 per $100,000 of assessed value.
It’s important to note that of the total of $765,000 per year, $500,000 (65%) will go directly toward helping to get “bricks and mortar” projects underway. A further $138,000 (18%) is committed for programming to prevent housing loss, developing partnerships and research and data collection.
Over the coming weeks there will be several opportunities for the public to provide feedback on this topic, including during community open houses to be held at four locations in the region during the month of May:
- May 16th Kerry Park Recreation Centre (Mill Bay) 4pm to 7pm
- May 17th Eagles Hall (Ladysmith) 4pm to 7pm
May 22nd Island Savings Centre (Duncan) 4pm to 7pm
May 24th Cowichan Lake Sports Arena (Lake Cowichan)
For more information please visit https://www.cvrd.bc.ca/1530/Housing
PlaceSpeak provides a single stop for residents to engage with the issues that directly impact their communities. Once a resident has signed up for PlaceSpeak, they will automatically be notified of new public consultations based on their chosen notification distance.
Visit placespeak.com to sign up for a free account. If you already have an account, go to www.placespeak.com/cvrdaffordablehousing to join the discussion.
For more information, please contact:
Bev Suderman Senior Planner. Community Planning – 250-746-2607 or email: bsuderman [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca
Terri Mattin, Cowichan Housing Assoc. Executive Director 250-597-1376 ext. 104 or email: terri [dot] mattin [at] cowichanhousing [dot] com