affordable housing

A condo project is shown in Langford, B.C., on October 22, 2021. The federal government has set aside billions of dollars to quickly build affordable housing across the country, but delays in construction suggest many of the projects approved for funding are missing their deadlines. The Rapid Housing Initiative is a federal program launched in 2020 that provides funding to cities and non-profit organizations to build affordable homes for vulnerable Canadians, including people experiencing homelessness. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Majority of affordable homes approved under federal program not yet constructed

Just 1,449 units have been completed, according to November document

 

The five-member Purdy family gather in one of two bedrooms they share in a house they rent with extended family in Kapolei, Hawaii, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. The family moved to Las Vegas in 2017 to escape Hawaii’s high cost of living and returned last year and share two bedrooms in a home they rent with extended family. Native Hawaiians, like the Purdys, who have been priced out of Hawaii are finding more affordable places to live in cities like Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

Native Hawaiians flock to Las Vegas for affordable living

The median price for a single-family home in Hawaii topped $900,000 during the pandemic

 

The Habitat for Humanity Meaning of Home contest is open to students in Grades 5 to 6. (Screenshot/Habitat for Humanity video)

National student writing contest returns to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North

The Habitat For Humanity Meaning of Home writing contest is now accepting…

 

Shelter costs in Kelowna only differ by $78/month between renters and owners. (@khzny/Twitter)
Shelter costs in Kelowna only differ by $78/month between renters and owners. (@khzny/Twitter)
Snow or shine, local contractors and the Habitat VIN build team have been making significant progress on the 1375 Piercy Avenue, Courtenay affordable housing development. Photo credit: Yana Dimitrova

Donations to North Island Habitat for Humanity will be matched until the end of the year

Holiday Matching Challenge will get families get into safe, decent, and affordable housing in 2023

  • Dec 13, 2022
Snow or shine, local contractors and the Habitat VIN build team have been making significant progress on the 1375 Piercy Avenue, Courtenay affordable housing development. Photo credit: Yana Dimitrova
B.C. Premier David Eby makes an announcement in Vancouver on November 20, 2022. On Nov. 21, Eby announced his plan to tackle the province’s housing crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Eby drills down on age-restrictive stratas, municipal targets in new housing measures

Proposed legislation will give B.C. greater control over how communities address housing needs

B.C. Premier David Eby makes an announcement in Vancouver on November 20, 2022. On Nov. 21, Eby announced his plan to tackle the province’s housing crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Michael Marshall, 25, UBCO physics student living at the Vinyards. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

UBCO students rent affordable units at senior’s residence in exchange for fun

Two students in their 20s are living at the Vinyards residence for seniors

Michael Marshall, 25, UBCO physics student living at the Vinyards. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Kader says 35 per cent of young adults between 20 and 34 are living with at least one of their parents. (Submitted/UBC)

More adult children are living with their parents; new B.C. study to dive deep into dynamics

Umay Kader will interview 50 young adults between the ages of 25 and 34 and at least one of their parents

Kader says 35 per cent of young adults between 20 and 34 are living with at least one of their parents. (Submitted/UBC)
The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.

Habitat for Humanity survey reveals housing affordability as a top concern for Canadians

A new survey released Nov. 10 by Habitat for Humanity Canada finds…

The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
Homes under construction are seen in a new subdivision in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, on Friday, July 30, 2021. First-time homebuyers in Canada are facing one of the toughest real estate markets in generations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Tips for first-time homebuyers as affordability in Canada continues to deteriorate

Home prices slowly beginning to improve, but overall affordability still down

Homes under construction are seen in a new subdivision in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, on Friday, July 30, 2021. First-time homebuyers in Canada are facing one of the toughest real estate markets in generations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Under-construction condo building Centennial Court in Langford is offering an alternative path to home ownership which a UVic economist said is an example of the innovation needed in the housing market as both rent and purchase costs continue to grow beyond the reach of many. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Under-construction condo building Centennial Court in Langford is offering an alternative path to home ownership which a UVic economist said is an example of the innovation needed in the housing market as both rent and purchase costs continue to grow beyond the reach of many. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
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Housing affordability to improve in 2023, with some regional disparities: Desjardins

Cost of the average house currently 67 per cent higher than what the average household can afford

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Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux waits to appear before the Senate Committee on Banking, Commerce and the Economy, Tuesday, September 27, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Average home price 67 per cent higher than affordable level in August: PBO

National average home price reached a peak of $839,600 in February 2022

Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux waits to appear before the Senate Committee on Banking, Commerce and the Economy, Tuesday, September 27, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Corinne Saad, executive director of Gorge View Society, discusses the joint list of calls to action during a media event on Sept. 22 at the Camas Gardens Supportive Housing Site in Victoria. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Vancouver Island housing crisis takes centre stage ahead of municipal election

Non-profit housing providers give calls to action at a Victoria press conference

Corinne Saad, executive director of Gorge View Society, discusses the joint list of calls to action during a media event on Sept. 22 at the Camas Gardens Supportive Housing Site in Victoria. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Shelly and Mateo, one of twelve families who will move into Habitat’s affordable housing development at 1375 Piercy Avenue in Courtenay, hold shovels at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony. Photo Credit: John Bonner

Habitat for Humanity partners with Peninsula Co-op for a monthly donor drive

By Cady Corman Special to Black Press As the world contends with…

  • Aug 11, 2022
Shelly and Mateo, one of twelve families who will move into Habitat’s affordable housing development at 1375 Piercy Avenue in Courtenay, hold shovels at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony. Photo Credit: John Bonner
Erin Pharez, an employee at the Comox Valley ReStore, holds a phone showing the online 50/50 in one hand and paper tickets for the ReStore 50/50 in the other. The Habitat For Humanity Vancouver island North monthly online 50/50 raffle has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of $5,000. There is also a monthly 50/50 draw at each of the two ReStores - in Campbell River and in Courtenay. Photo supplied

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North 50/50 raffles offer two ways to win

Cady Corman Special to Black Press Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North…

Erin Pharez, an employee at the Comox Valley ReStore, holds a phone showing the online 50/50 in one hand and paper tickets for the ReStore 50/50 in the other. The Habitat For Humanity Vancouver island North monthly online 50/50 raffle has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of $5,000. There is also a monthly 50/50 draw at each of the two ReStores - in Campbell River and in Courtenay. Photo supplied
Lack of available and affordable housing in the region has seen some junior members of the Royal Canadian Navy at CFB Esquimalt stay in single quarters largely meant for trainees, months after they were meant to find housing off base. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

New recruits at CFB Esquimalt struggle to find housing after training completed

Some personnel remain in single quarters due to cost, availability of housing in region

Lack of available and affordable housing in the region has seen some junior members of the Royal Canadian Navy at CFB Esquimalt stay in single quarters largely meant for trainees, months after they were meant to find housing off base. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)

VIDEO: California school district builds affordable housing to attract teachers

Rising rent, teacher shortages piquing districts’ interest in workforce housing

A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)
Greater Victoria remains the fourth most expensive rental market in the country, according to a recent report. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria remains 4th most expensive rental market in Canada: report

1-BR unit rent rose 2.2 per cent May to June; 2-BR price dropped 6 per cent

Greater Victoria remains the fourth most expensive rental market in the country, according to a recent report. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Habitat for Humanity will build 12 new homes on Piercy Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Habitat Vancouver Island North’s Bid to Build Auction raises more than $46,000

By Cady Corman Special to Black Press Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island…

Habitat for Humanity will build 12 new homes on Piercy Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard
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