Housing and Transportation Cost Estimate Study

Cost-estimate-studyThe Hospitals and Housing Committee (HHC) received the 2020 Housing and Transportation Cost Estimate Study on July 29, 2020. The report follows a directive by the HHC requesting staff earlier in the spring to examine combined housing and transportation costs in the capital region as a measure of overall affordability. The cost estimates study provides a baseline on housing and transportation costs and demonstrates that costs differ substantially throughout the region.

Greater Victoria Point-in-Time Count

The Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria (CSPC) coordinated its third one-day Point-in-Time Count of homeless people in the region on March 12, 2020, a count and survey of homeless individuals in sheltered and unsheltered locations that provides a snapshot of where people slept on the night of March 11, 2020. The Count was sponsored by the CRD, as the administrator of the Reaching Home Program, and funded by the Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy.

Housing Data Book and Gap Analysis

The CRD engages in research and analysis to support effective planning at both the regional and local level. Data related to local incomes, housing costs and availability helps support the identification of priorities with respect to the development of affordable housing in the various areas of the region. One key source of information is the Housing Data Book and Gap Analysis. The Data Book is a key source of regional and municipal level data on the housing stock, trends, market conditions, tenure, income and needs. The Data Book will be used as a key information source in monitoring and updating the Regional Housing Affordability Strategy.

Housing Needs Assessments

The CRD has supported the completion of two housing needs assessments in the region, one for the Southern Gulf Islands and the other for the communities of the Saanich Peninsula. The reports present a summary of the relevant quantitative and qualitative data needed to support the development of affordable housing in the communities unique to these areas.