Help us "make housing central" in the upcoming provincial election! - April 6, 2017

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Election Campaign Update

As we head into the BC election campaign, CHF BC has been busy working with our partners to launch a number of tools, events, research and plans to make affordable housing the top issue in the minds of voters as they head to the polls on May 9. Here’s a quick roundup of what we’re up to so you can become active locally and support our efforts province wide.

Our campaign theme is "Make Housing Central" and we will be updating shortly with new info and tools for you to use during the election campaign.

On Monday April 10, we will be launching BC's Affordable Housing Plan. Working with our partners in Housing Central and the BC Rental Housing Coalition, we have looked at data from the homeless counts around BC, the Rental Housing Index, population growth estimates, and building costs.  Our plan will outline what needs to be built, where, for whom and for how much; and give those running for office an idea of what they can do to tackle the affordable housing crisis in our province.  

The election writ will be dropped on April 11. We have created an election toolkit for every riding which will be distributed soon to every housing co-op and non-profit housing provider in BC, AND to each candidate running in the election.

Next week we will learn how many homeless people were counted in the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count and the preliminary report will be available on our website. Our partners at the BC Non-Profit Housing Association conducted the count for Metro Vancouver and the federal government, and the report should highlight the growing crisis in BC that is affecting thousands.

Housing Central will also be represented on a panel at the Vancouver Board of Trade on April 18 which will examine housing issues impacting the “missing middle” and how our community housing sector can help address these issues.

Throughout the campaign we will do our best to respond to media stories about housing, try to have housing questions included in the Leader's debates, and engage our members and the general public in the "Make Housing Central" campaign.  We've met with many of the other associations that work in housing related fields and will be urging them to support our efforts to make BC affordable again.

There's more to come, so let’s use this opportunity to raise awareness about some of the issues we face and make the case for concrete, workable solutions that every party and the next government can endorse.  We don't have the funds for a slick, expensive advertising campaign, but we have something even better – the energy and commitment of thousands of co-op members and some very reliable partners. Working together, we’ll be able to keep our issues at the top of the election agenda.   

As always, thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you during the campaign and beyond. 

 Upcoming Events

Vancouver Island Member Appreciation Evening

April 26

PIPA: Privacy Information Primer for Co-ops

April 27

Interior Co-operative Housing Day

April 29

Investments: Encasa Information Session - WEBINAR

April 29

Semi-Annual General meeting

May 7

Yes Camp Sponsorship draw

May 19

Vancouver Island Council meeting

May 24

Top Ten Things to Look for in your Co-op's Financial Statements

May 25

Co-op Housing Summer BBQ

June 24


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