Who WE ARE
The Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society is a group of local residents with experience and interest in housing. Our non-profit organization was incorporated in October 2015, as a successor to the Sunshine Coast Housing Committee, a cross-sectoral group funded from January 2013 to December 2015 by the District of Sechelt, Town of Gibsons and Sunshine Coast Regional District.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
We are looking to increase housing options for the workforce who is having difficulty affording rents in the current market. This is due to the low vacancy rates, the loss of rental housing stock and the increased cost of renting a home on the Sunshine Coast.
While a number of housing providers serve specific populations (e.g. individuals with developmental disabilities, seniors, or women fleeing violence), no current provider serves the broad range of Sunshine Coast households experiencing difficulty finding and maintaining affordable rental and owned housing. That’s where we will come in: our housing priority is often termed ‘workforce rental,’ and is intended to serve households that cannot afford market rental rates without paying more than 30% of their income toward housing costs, but earn too much to receive any form of government subsidy or support.
HOW WILL WE CREATE AND SUSTAIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Our Society aims to develop new housing units, but also to act as a Community Land Trust, leveraging its assets to develop new housing. Partnership – with tenants, the local building industry, municipal governments and others who recognize the importance of affordable, decent housing – will be the cornerstone of our success.