Affordable Housing Solutions

Outlined below are the results of Think City's Dream Vancouver survey of 2,513 citizens and the three major civic parties – Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) and Vision Vancouver – on five affordable housing solutions. The survey was conducted between July 20 and October 31, 2008.

Affordable Housing Policy Option #1: The city should change its laws to allow for development of affordable housing (e.g., eliminate parking stall minimums, allow more than one secondary suite, etc.)

  • Public Response: 51.5% Strongly Agree, 33.1% Agree, 6.4% Disagree, 3.6% Strongly Disagree, 5.4 % Don't Know
  • Civic Party Response: Strongly Agree - COPE, NPA, Vision

Affordable Housing Policy Option #2: The city should create affordable housing in new housing developments by providing developers with both incentives and requirements to build these units (e.g., an incentive would be allowing developers to build a greater number of market units in exchange for building below-market units within a single development).

  • Public Response: 48.0% Strongly Agree, 37.7% Agree, 7.3% Disagree, 3.1% Strongly Disagree, 4.0% Don't Know
  • Civic Party Response: Strongly Agree - COPE, Vision; Agree - NPA

Affordable Housing Policy Option #3: The city should create a city housing authority (similar to the model in Whistler) that is responsible for developing affordable housing (this includes rental units, co-ops or units for home ownership).

  • Public Response: 52.1% Strongly Agree, 33.5% Agree, 4.8% Disagree, 2.1% Strongly Disagree, 7.4% Don't Know
  • Civic Party Response: Strongly Agree - COPE; Agree - Vision; Disagree - NPA

Affordable Housing Policy Option #4: The city should maintain rental units by banning condo conversions and enforcing standards of maintenance to prevent deteriorating housing conditions.

  • Public Response: 46.1% Strongly Agree, 30.8% Agree, 9.9% Disagree, 3.6% Strongly Disagree, 9.7% Don't Know
  • Civic Party Response: Strongly Agree - COPE; Agree - NPA, Vision

Affordable Housing Policy Option #5: The city should initiate a "below-market" housing program where homebuyers (both low- and moderate-income) would have the ability to purchase a home at a price below market value, provided they agree to sell at a price below market value (i.e., if you purchase at 20 per cent below market, you must sell at 20 per cent below market).