On January 21, 2021, the Housing Partnership will present its findings on affordable housing at a Vancouver online conference titled: "Towards a More Equitable Housing System: Is Vancouver a City for Renters?".
The conference is part of The Future We Want The Change We Need, an event series hosted by the City of Vancouver in partnership with Simon Fraser University. The online event will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time) and from 00:00 to 2:00 am CET time.
Beginning in the early 1970s, the percentage of Vancouver households living in rental units has been greater than 50%. Nevertheless, renters consistently face difficulties in finding housing that is adequate, stable and secure, with, in more recent years, rental affordability becoming a particularly challenging and detrimental issue for many households. While some in the city may strive for homeownership, data tells us that this possibility has become increasingly out of reach, even for those with moderate incomes. Given the reality that a majority of Vancouverites will most likely continue to live in rental housing, what does this mean for the next generation, for seniors and families, for low-income, racialized and marginalized households, and for the many others who do not see a secure housing future in Vancouver? How must the City of Vancouver think differently about housing and the housing market to better meet the needs of its residents, ensuring priority for those with the greatest need? What is required of a new city-wide plan to ensure the urgent and transformative change necessary to establish an equitable housing system?
Housing Partnership Participation
Barbara Steenbergen, Member of the Executive Committee, International Union of Tenants (IUT), and Action Leader on Good Housing Policy will share the findings of the EU Urban Agenda Housing Partnership.
Please register via the link available here.