Resolutions from the Tri-Cities Public Forum on Housing

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PUBLIC FORUM on HOUSING COMMUNITY DETERMINED DELIVERABLES

On July 25th 2018, The Priscilla Omulo Campaign held a housing forum with a panel of experts, advocates and the general public. We were pleased to have many candidates and incumbents attend from across the Tri-cities, who were looking forward to not only what the panel had to say but also more importantly the stories of our community members. Many concerns came about, but so did a vision for the future.

Here are some Fresh Ideas:

1. Regional collaboration: Collaborating with neighboring cities/townships and provincial government to create housing stock, that focuses on housing our most vulnerable, providing opportunities for young and old alike to stay where their roots are, and allow for families to grow in the community of their choice:

a. Initiate a Tri-city Housing Task Force in collaboration with Coquitlam and Port Moody.

b. Mandate the Task Force to explore alternative as well as traditional housing options that allow people to live, grow and play in the Tri-cities.

2. Vibrant and Diverse community: Bringing people together through housing initiatives that create a sense of ownership and belonging, by exploring:

a. Co-op housing projects.

b. Mixed-income housing projects.

3. Health and Wellness: Precarious, unsustainable, and isolating housing has a larger effect on the health and wellness of our communities. Any further housing plan must include and consider effects on the health and wellness of our local communities:

a. Explore modular housing projects to house the most vulnerable in our communities.

b. Requiring all new developments to be accessible for people living with disabilities.

c. Task the Healthy Community Committee to research the effects of the housing crises on the health and wellness of Port Coquitlam’s community.

4. Affordability: Rental stock is low and affordable home ownership is out of reach for many. We must get creative:

a. Purpose-built rental housing, which requires 35% of the units to be geared towards low-income families and another 30% towards medium-income families.

b. Exploring micro-home projects that allow developers to build, and an avenue for potential homeowners.

c. Implore the Smart Growth Committee to investigate the rental stock in Port Coquitlam and explore any discrepancies in rent rates.

5. Combating Density Contradiction: Density around transit hubs/sky train stations has pushed those who can’t afford to drive, farther away, instead of being geared towards those who rely on transit for movement.

a. Requiring 50% of housing and rental stock close to sky train and transit hubs to be geared towards low-income and medium income families.

b. Increasing transit presence and options in Port Coquitlam.