The Search for Modest Market Housing in Vancouver

In Vancouver, where rents and housing prices are moving beyond the reach of ordinary citizens, the search for proven ways to provide modest market housing is on.

According to the Canadian government's definition of "Core Housing Need", about 1/5th of Vancouver households qualify. Writer Matt Chambers looks to nearby Whistler for some lessons in creating more affordable housing. Whistler has been tackling this question for about a decade:

"...Whistler established a local housing authority and laid out an aggressive plan to house 75% of its workers inside the municipality by 2020. The Whistler Housing Authority was tasked with creating and managing a parallel housing market restricted to residents only, and with overseeing the ingenious program designed to deliver much of it below market rates. 2020 is still a long way out, but so far the program has been a rousing success."

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