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HAVAN launches ‘Bringing it Home’ campaign ahead of municipal election

DCN-JOC News Services
HAVAN launches ‘Bringing it Home’ campaign ahead of municipal election
HAVAN — Homebuilders Association Vancouver has launched its Bringing It Home campaign to highlight housing priorities before municipal elections across B.C. on Oct. 15. A bar graph (above) shows the housing options candidates believe to be most needed in their municipality.

VANCOUVER – Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) has launched its Bringing It Home campaign before elections are held across British Columbia Oct. 15.

The campaign is intended to “help people better understand housing issues beyond our own backyards in our region by municipality, and in response to the ongoing housing crisis we are facing across Metro Vancouver.”

The Bringing It Home campaign reports on the economic impacts of the housing industry within municipalities including jobs, wages and investment value, housing mix breakdown, and the number of current dwellings in comparison to Metro Vancouver’s 2040 Regional Growth Strategy projections.

All candidates were also invited to participate in a five-question survey to determine their perspectives on housing related issues, including development application timelines, housing forms, and their housing related priorities, a HAVAN release stated.

The industry housing data featured in Bringing It Home and survey results emphasize the importance of housing supply and the need to focus on alternate affordable housing choices including transit-oriented and missing middle developments, in addition to purpose built rentals, and subsidized/supportive housing, the release said.

Of the 120 responses received, 76 per cent listed housing and affordability as their campaign’s top issue followed by traffic and transportation at 14 per cent and climate change at 12 per cent.

“The housing data, combined with the candidate’s survey results emphasize the candidate’s awareness and the importance of delivering the required housing supply across the region in the face of a present, and growing, demand, to address Metro Vancouver’s chronic affordability crisis,” HAVAN CEO Ron Rapp said in a statement.

In listing housing specific issues candidates identified addressing affordability as the top priority at 56 per cent, housing supply at 20 per cent, application and permitting timelines at 14 per cent and diversity of housing at 11 per cent.

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