The City of Coquitlam is developing a new strategy for housing affordability. The timing is fortuitous – the “Rental Housing Index” (RHI), a joint initiative of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and Vancity published in November 2014, rates the state of rental housing in Coquitlam as “critical”. In fact, the RHI “Community Index Score”, a composite measure of rental housing affordability and suitability, ranks Coquitlam as the second worst performer of 98 communities in the province, being surpassed only by the City of Burnaby.
The City is hosting a Community Information Session to provide the public with an opportunity to provide feedback on the City’s draft Housing Affordability Strategy Framework. The Information Session will be held on Wednesday, April 8th from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the atrium at Coquitlam City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way. Although a discussion of the role that municipalities can play in providing incentives to create housing affordable to low and low-moderate income households can quickly descend into the complexities of zoning policy, at a higher level the issue in front of Council is how such incentives should rank in priority with other municipally-funded amenities such as parks, recreation centres and libraries. Attend the Community Information Session and let the Council know where your priorities lie.
To view the City’s flyer which provides an overview of the draft strategy and housing affordability in Coquitlam, click here. The Task Group’s formal submission to the City’s public consultation program currently underway is available here.
The complete draft Housing Affordability Strategy Framework can be found on the City of Coquitlam Social Planning – Housing Affordability webpage.