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Verdant affordable housing development at UniverCity. Sketch provided by reSource Rethinking Building.

Middle-class Home Ownership Aids Neighbourhoods

September 11, 2013

The Georgia Straight has featured Dialogue Fellow Peter Ladner and the HomesNow initiative. HomesNow is a broad-based coalition of community and business partners convened by Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue to create affordable housing for Greater Vancouver residents with low to mid-level incomes.

In June 26, 2013, HomesNow issued its final report outlining the barriers municipalities must overcome to create affordable housing. These include competing demands for municipal funding, disagreements about government jurisdiction, and a lack of a political consensus over subsidizing housing for any but low income households.

'People who own tend to have more of a stake in the community,' Ladner told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview. 'They’re more involved politically. They’re paying more taxes more directly. And they tend to be more active in schools and community centres and so on.'"

Read the full article in The Georgia Straight here.