Housing strategies and action plans
A housing strategy or action plan outlines how a local government will respond to its community's unique housing needs. It typically addresses the full range of housing options including: social housing, rental housing and home ownership.
- Actions to support social housing
- Targets for creating or preserving affordable housing to meet future demand
- Affordable market housing policies
Small community examples
Quesnel: created an Affordable Housing Strategy that identifies a vision for the community, as well as challenges, priorities and actions for affordable housing. Their website includes a ‘desired outcome statement’ and links to affordable housing newsletters.
Mid-Size community examples
Chilliwack: created the Affordable Housing Strategy that identifies ways new emergency shelter, transitional and supportive housing for people with addictions and mental health issues, and affordable housing for low-income households, can be developed.
- to preserve and enhance the City’s stock of safe, affordable, and appropriate rental housing; and
- to improve housing choices for low- and moderate-income residents and those with unique needs.
The Strategy recommends nine strategic directions to support these goals, including limiting the loss of existing affordable rental housing, and using financial tools and incentives.
Large community examples
Abbotsford: the affordable housing section of their website includes information on the City's housing affordability initiatives and programs, including a number of policies to support housing affordability and the preparation of an Affordable Housing Strategy (PDF, 4 MB).
Kelowna: developed a Housing Strategy (PDF, 4.8 MB), created financial incentives for the development of affordable housing and redevelopment of the city centre and Rutland, and offers several other housing programs and resources.
Richmond: created an Affordable Housing Strategy that focuses on three priorities:
- subsidized rental housing;
- low-end market rental housing; and
- entry-level home ownership.
The City recognizes that, while it has “multiple tools and resources that it can contribute towards creating a wide variety of affordable housing options, it requires the valuable input of community members in order to achieve its goals.”
The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: February 20, 2018.