Creating and renewing non-profit social and co-op housing

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Vancouver is experiencing a severe shortage of housing that’s affordable to low- and moderate- income renters. Over 50,000 renter households in the City pay more than 30% of their income on rent, with little income left over for other cost of living expenses. This means that many are struggling to make ends meet or living in housing that doesn’t meet their needs.

One important source of non-market housing is housing owned and operated by non-profit societies and co-ops. Non-profit housing can accommodate a broad range of housing needs, including those of families, seniors, and singles who cannot afford market rental

Vancouver is experiencing a severe shortage of housing that’s affordable to low- and moderate- income renters. Over 50,000 renter households in the City pay more than 30% of their income on rent, with little income left over for other cost of living expenses. This means that many are struggling to make ends meet or living in housing that doesn’t meet their needs.

One important source of non-market housing is housing owned and operated by non-profit societies and co-ops. Non-profit housing can accommodate a broad range of housing needs, including those of families, seniors, and singles who cannot afford market rental or ownership housing. However, there is a shortage of non-profit housing in Vancouver, and much of the existing non-profit housing in the city is aging and may be in need of renewal in coming years.

We're working on changes to streamline the development process for new non-profit housing in zoning districts covering select low-rise apartment areas across the city - RM-3A, RM-4, and RM-4N.

Map of RM-3A, RM-4, and RM-4N zoning districts, outlined in purple and yellow

These changes are intended to help existing non-profit societies and co-ops renew existing buildings and build more housing over time, to ensure the city has enough safe and secure non-market homes today and into the future.

Public consultation for this work is taking place place in the fall of 2020:

  • A Talk Vancouver survey will be open from September 10 to 27.
  • Staff will be consulting with local stakeholder groups, renter-serving organizations, and City of Vancouver citizen advisory committees.
  • Consultation with the non-profit and co-op housing sector and senior levels of government is ongoing.

Do you have questions for us about this policy proposal? You can submit a question here - we will make every effort to respond within 2-3 business days. The question period will be open through September 27, 2020.

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    Will the 6 story construction be the maximum height of the building? Lots of housing also include a floor of commercial space which is double height of the residential floors or some of the lot space is converted to for profit high-rises to offset costs.

    Larry Laws asked 14 days ago

    Thanks for the question and feedback. 6 storey construction is the maximum height proposed for this initiative. Currently, the zoning in these areas does not allow commercial uses, though this is something that could be explored through future planning work like the Vancouver Plan.