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Housing First Initiatives
Vancouver is in a housing crisis and over 2,000 people across the city of Vancouver are experiencing homelessness. Men, women, seniors and youth are suffering both physically and mentally. Providing the right supply of housing, with the right supports for people experiencing homelessness continues to be a top priority for the City of Vancouver.
No Man is an Island: International Co-living Initiatives
“No man is an island,” is a quotation from poet John Donne's Devotions (1624): “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main.” While Donne unlikely expected this expression to apply to socio-economic crises in the 21st century, sharing resources are on rise. The current sharing economy ranges from rideshare initiatives such as Uber to civic crowdfunding platform Wayblaze and co-working spaces such as Impact Hub. The newest sharing concept comes as a response to the widespread affordable housing shortage - co-living.
9 years after Little Mountain social housing demolished, modular housing to rise on nearly empty site
It was 2009 when the bulldozers rolled in and demolished 224 units of 1950’s era low-income housing at Vancouver’s Little Mountain site.
Critics at the time accused the province of acting without a plan for redevelopment; nine years later, just one building with 54 units for seniors has been built on the acres of prime real estate next to Queen Elizabeth Park.
Now, the nearly vacant site has been selected as the home of the City of Vancouver’s latest temporary modular housing project for the homeless.
The Vienna Model: Innovation in Affordable Housing
Vancouver often ranks alongside the Austrian capital of Vienna in top 10 lists of the world’s most liveable cities. Vienna’s European charm, rich arts and culture scene, low crime rates and excellent public transit all contribute to its appeal. With approximately 60% of Vienna’s population in municipal housing, the city seemingly solved the issue of housing affordability before it began. Conversely, with vacancy rates of less than 1%, Vancouver is deep in the grips of an affordable housing crisis. To solve the issue of affordable housing, can Vancouver look to Vienna’s municipal housing history for new paths forward?