The Capital Regional District (CRD) is committed to developing a coordinated approach to increase the supply of affordable housing within the region and address the housing needs of our most vulnerable citizens. As part of that commitment, the CRD shares planning expertise and engages in research to support effective decision-making at the local and regional level. 

Regional Housing Affordability Strategy

The CRD’s Regional Housing Affordability Strategy provides a framework for addressing challenges and supporting a collaborative regional approach to creating a healthy sustainable housing system – one that supports safe and complete communities and that provides the ability to create a shared regional response to issues of housing affordability and homelessness.

2020 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.

2020 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.  

PiT CoverOver 50 shelters, transitional facilities, and healthcare facilities participated, providing data on the number of people experiencing homelessness spending the night at their facilities. The following day, approximately 175 volunteers and homelessness facility employees completed 872 surveys of people experiencing homelessness at various indoor and outdoor locations across the region. Read more >> 

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. Introduced in 2015, the Data Book will be updated periodically, as information becomes available, and 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 communities of the Saanich Peninsula and the other for the Southern Gulf Islands. 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.

 

Community Organizations

The Capital Regional District, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, BC Housing, CMHC, Vancouver Island Health Authority and community Non-Profit Housing Societies link with government and community funders to create and retain affordable housing in the CRD.

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