A Home for All
For too many British Columbians, having a job or even a two-income family is no longer enough to guarantee a basic, comfortable place to live -- in fact, the average Metro Vancouver earner can afford only half a home.
In a market that isn't delivering a variety of cost-effective housing, Tyee investigative editor Monte Paulsen reports on how different approaches to finance, government policy and design could whittle the costs down to manageable proportions. And we invite experts to weigh in with their own opinion pieces.
The challenge to the ongoing economic and cultural vibrancy of B.C. is critical. The conversation about overcoming that challenge starts here.
Want the entire series in one go? It's right here.
This series was a finalist for the community reporting category of the 2009 Webster Awards.
This series on affordable housing was made possible in part through the support of Tides Canada Foundation, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, and the Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund, held and managed by Vancity Community Foundation.
In This Series
Ordinary people in BC can no longer afford ordinary homes. First in a series searching for solutions.
Betting on 'market correction'? Home prices would have to plunge 55 per cent to fit average family income.
How a Toronto developer creates 'cost-effective' condos sold to families making as low as $32,000.
Helping renters buy homes, leave social housing, makes space for others.
Vancouver's planning boss on the downturn, fixing the rental unit shortage, and a key charter change.
Veteran real estate seller David Goodman gives politicians hell, and 10 ideas.
Lock-off suites could help young families own condos and create rental housing for singles.
Condo king says cut unit costs by adding floors, capping developer profits.
He also sees 'shared equity' as a way to make houses more affordable.
As funds dry up and buildings run down, residents don't want to give up on their affordable way of living.
Just here from Montreal, I figured finding a decent, no-frills place would be easy. Crazy me.
A developer offers proven paths to cheaper rentals.