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Home for Good: Building the Secure, Affordable Rental Stock We Need

February 22, 2017
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SOLD OUT, waitlist available.

Details

When: Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Doors at 6:30 PM.

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented bySFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Vancity Credit Union, Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, SFU Urban Studies, and BC Non-Profit Housing Association. This event is also supported by the Real Estate Foundation of BC, McConnell Foundation, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, UBC Applied Science, and BC Federation of Students.

A Tyee Beyond the Headlines event

Out of control housing costs for both ownership and rental aren't just a Greater Vancouver phenomenon. Many BC and Canadian communities are experiencing a worsening, wickedly complex housing crisis that has been decades in the making. Shelter insecurity has seeped into the middle and even upper-middle class, and across all age and cultural demographics.

The wealth and social gap between renters and owners is also widening. High rents, reno-victions and low vacancies make many tenants insecure. Government policies often favour homeowners, offering less support for renters who can account for half of urban residents, or more.

On February 22, join us for an engaging series of conversations with renters and experts in the field, as we identify bold solutions for building the desirable, affordable and secure rental and co-op housing that BC and the rest of Canada need. This event is part of The Tyee and Tyee Solutions Society's Housing Fix project.

Speakers

Setting the context: How did we get here, and where might we go?

Kishone Tony Roy is CEO of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, which advocates for affordable housing in BC and delivers education, events and other programs to its members. He also sits on the board of Encasa Financial — a mutual fund company owned by the affordable housing sector. Kishone lives in Vancouver with his two daughters, Aberdeen and Victoria.

A second yet-to-be confirmed speaker will join Kishone Tony Roy. Discussion will be moderated by Tyee Housing Fix reporter Katie Hyslop.

Supply side: What does the sector need to more quickly and affordably meet increasing demand?

Scot Hein is UBC's Urban Designer, and an Adjunct Professor in its Master of Urban Design Program. Prior to this he led the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Studio for 10 years. A tireless advocate for sustainable, inclusive urbanism, Scot was honoured with the 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Advocacy Award. He and his architect wife Julia have lived in Vancouver for 35 years.

David Podmore, O.B.C., is the Chairman and CEO of Concert Properties, which he co-founded in 1989 with Jack Poole. Concert develops and manages rental apartments, condominium homes and retirement communities throughout BC, Alberta and Ontario. It is backed by more than 200,000 Canadians, represented by the union pension plans that own the company. Recognized as one of Vancouver’s most influential contributors to the real estate industry, David has been in the business for more than 40 years and has served on numerous corporate and charitable boards. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of British Columbia.

Dena Kae Beno is the Housing and Homelessness Coordinator for the City of Abbotsford. She has previously held housing and community development positions with the City of Richmond, Metro Vancouver, and other private, non-profit and government bodies in Canada, the US and South America. Throughout her career she has helped to facilitate the development of over 4,000 units of affordable housing and counting.

Tiffany Duzita is the Director for the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC, whose mission is to acquire, create and preserve affordable housing for future generations. As an accomplished real estate development professional, she has worked on projects in both the private and non-market sectors ranging from retail to mixed-use. Her experience involves the full project life cycle: land acquisition, feasibility and risk management, finance, design, city approvals, and construction.

Garth Davis is a Founder and Managing Director at New Market Funds. NMF has launched a Rental Housing Fund that invests in purpose-built, stabilized multi-family affordable rental housing in partnership with strong existing non-profit operators. 

One more speaker will be added to this experts' dialogue in the weeks to come. The dialogue will be moderated by one of The Tyee’s Housing Fix reporters.

Demand side: What would policy look like if renters were truly considered first-class citizens?

Karen Sawatzky is a long-time renter who recently completed her master's in urban studies at SFU and wrote a thesis investigating the extent and nature of Airbnb listings in the City of Vancouver. She also serves as a member of the city's Renters Advisory Committee.

Yuri Artibise is a member of the First Avenue Athlete's Village Housing Cooperative and an elected director of the Cooperative Housing Federation of BC.

Kris Archie is a mother, aunty, community member and Secwepemc and Seme7 woman currently renting — with no home-ownership aspirations — in Burnaby. She cares about community, equity and citizen engagement in decision making. By day she manages the Vancouver Foundation’s Youth Homelessness Initiative.

Jenelle Davies is a third-year distance studies history student at the University of Manitoba, renting with family members in Richmond. She is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Students, representing over 150,000 post-secondary students.

One more speaker will be added to this experts' dialogue in the weeks to come. The dialogue will be moderated by one of The Tyee’s Housing Fix reporters.


Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


Admission

SOLD OUT, waitlist available.

Details

When: Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Doors at 6:30 PM.

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Vancity Credit Union, Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, SFU Urban Studies, and BC Non-Profit Housing Association. This event is also supported by the Real Estate Foundation of BC, McConnell Foundation, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, UBC Applied Science, and BC Federation of Students.

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