Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability Announced

"Making Victoria More Affordable” is a key objective in the City’s new strategic plan for focus and investment over the next four years. City Council has created the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability, comprised of citizens and community leaders with experience in planning, architecture, real estate development, anti-poverty and non-profit housing.

The role of the task force is to consult with community stakeholders to develop recommendations to City Council on innovative housing policy solutions, including measures within municipal jurisdiction that will increase the supply of new units of low-cost housing, which is defined as a unit that a person earning minimum wage or receiving a pension can afford to live in.

Task Force Members

The task force is chaired by Mayor Lisa Helps, and includes Councillor Ben Isitt and Councillor Jeremy Loveday, and the following community members:

  • Kathy Hogan, Urban Development Institute
  • Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
  • Brenda McBain, Together Against Poverty Society
  • Yuka Kurokawa, Together Against Poverty Society
  • Marika Albert, Community Social Planning Council
  • Dylan Sherlock, Community Social Planning Council
  • Rob Bernhardt, Bernhardt Contracting (member at-large)
  • Leonard Cole, Urban Core Ventures (member at-large)
  • Franc D’Ambrosio, D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism (member at-large)
  • Don Elliott, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness (member at-large)
  • Peter de Hoog, de Hoog & Kierulf Architects (member at-large)
  • Dave Hutniak, LandlordBC (member at-large)
  • Gene Miller, New Landmarks (member at-large)
  • Kaye Melliship, Greater Victoria Housing Society (member at-large)
  • Jeff Dean, Victoria citizen (member at-large)
  • Bernice Kamano, Victoria citizen (member at-large)

Members of the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability were appointed by City Council and will deliver recommendations to City Council on July 16, 2015.

The City recently increased its funding contribution from $250,000 to $1 million this year towards its Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

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Presentation: Micro-Housing Community Development

Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Victoria City Hall Antechamber

To renew focus on housing affordability, the community is invited to attend a free presentation on Micro-Housing Community Development on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the City Hall Antechamber.

Mark Lakeman, a world-renowned sustainable cities architect based in Portland, Oregon, and Andrew Heben, an urban planner, writer, and tiny house builder based in Eugene, Oregon, will discuss micro-housing – "tiny house" community developments – as one possible answer to the problem of chronic homelessness in Greater Victoria. The presentation will also be webcast on the City’s website.

Check out the event on Facebook.

View the event poster. [PDF - 863 KB]