Tim Wake has 15 years experience working in affordable homeownership and rental housing. Trained as a mechanical engineer, he began to take an interest in affordable housing while living in Banff in the early 1990’s. A move to Whistler in 1994 broadened this interest and he began working as a volunteer on local affordable housing issues. In 1997, Tim helped found the Whistler Housing Authority (WHA), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), and became its first Housing Administrator.
Tim worked with the WHA from its inception in 1997 until 2005, first as Housing Administrator and then as General Manager starting in 2001. In 2005 he was elected to Whistler Municipal Council and during his term (2005 – 2008) served as a director on the WHA Board. At this point Tim also began consulting to other municipalities and developers on the provision of affordable housing.
The Whistler Housing Authority facilitated the delivery of more than 1,000 homes, ownership and rental, between 1999 and 2011. This stock was predominately two and three bedroom townhomes. The WHA forged new ground in producing housing for sale and rent at a price that local working families could afford and played a key role in keeping 80% of Whistler’s workforce living in Whistler.
In addition to helping produce affordable housing, the WHA also pioneered mechanisms to keep it affordable over time, developing restrictive covenants, a waitlist system, and a resale turnover process that has resulted in these units still providing homes for the local workforce today.
As a consultant, Tim has worked with municipalities in BC, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories, has made numerous presentations at conferences and workshops and authored several publications including: A Review of Best Practices in Affordable Housing (2007), Creating Market and Non-Market Affordable Housing: A Smart Growth Tool Kit for BC Municipalities (2008) and A Guide for Canadian Municipalities for the Development of a Housing Action Plan (CMHC 2010).