Lessons From Helsinki: Homelessness & Housing First Approaches

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This event focuses on lessons from Finland in utilizing the Housing First Model. This model has been successfully implemented in other cities and countries globally. In Finland this model is credited with helping to virtually eliminate experiences of homelessness. While more hidden forms of homelessness … Read more

Family By Design: Designing Cities for Families

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How can we design our region to be suitable for children and families? Considering housing affordability concerns, residents can experience challenges when looking for housing suitable for families. This event will focus on regional needs for family housing and speak to Canadian municipalities that have … Read more

Revitalizing Downtown Spaces in a Hybrid Work Environment

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How do we respond to changing needs in downtown cores, when considering implications for community health and well-being, economic prosperity, inclusivity and sustainability? As many jobs have implemented working-from-home opportunities, the use of downtown cores has changed as well. Discussions may cover topics such as … Read more

They Paved Paradise: Transforming Minimum Parking Requirements Event

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Did you know it’s estimated that creating one required parking spot can add an additional 10 to 15 percent to overall development costs? As our housing unaffordability and cost of living crisis continue to put communities under pressure, policy makers and advocates are looking at … Read more

Living Wage Report 2022 Event

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The Living Wage is the hourly wage that two working parents with two young children must each earn to meet their basic expenses (including rent, child-care, medical needs, food, and transportation), once government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies have been taken into account. The Living … Read more

Making Affordable Housing Happen: Non-profit Solutions for Cities

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What is affordable? What can municipalities and the non-profit sector do to help achieve affordability? Housing affordability has been out of reach for many people living in our communities for a substantial period of time. A change to the status quo is necessary in order … Read more

The intersection of climate transitions and equity

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On September 20th, 2022, Climate Equity team members Lorenzo Magzul and Chelsea Power had the opportunity to speak to the BC Poverty Reduction Community of Practice. The CoP meets monthly to learn from each other, to enable professional self-development, and to build capacities of their … Read more

Policy + Protection: How municipalities can increase density while protecting tenants

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In a push to increase housing supply, tenant displacement, increased rental costs, and decreased access are often unintended consequences. However, local governments can implement policies that help to minimize these negative effects. Join us from 12-1:30pm PST on September 28th for a solutions-based conversation. This … Read more

Filling the Gap: analytics to support housing for all in Greater Victoria

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Piloting the HART Method in Greater Victoria What is affordable? Affordable for whom? When is affordability not enough? These questions are at the core of housing needs assessments that allow governments to meet the housing needs of everyone in the region. The HART Method, developed … Read more

Drivers of Homelessness Event Video

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On June 22, local, provincial, and national experts on housing and homelessness discussed “Drivers of Homelessness: Findings for Action” – a new report authored by the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria (CSPC) and funded by SPARC-BC. The report shows how structural factors and … Read more