A review of a range of affordable housing approaches used by local governments in select jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. with some preliminary comments about the effectiveness of these tools. The report describes policies, programs, and strategies based on their frequency of use by local governments, identifies how each are used in the jurisdictions surveyed, and lists them in order of most frequent use.
Affordable housing, both rental and owned, and as distinct from social rental housing, is in particularly short supply in Lower Mainland communities where market prices have escalated rapidly, and few of these practices have been implemented. Full Document
This plan was developed in the Town of Canmore, Alberta to address a shortage of workforce housing in the community. A committee of housing stakeholders from the community including the Canmore Community Housing Corporation, the Town of Canmore, Bow Valley Regional Housing, the Canmore Economic Development Authority, local developers and local builders was assembled to assess the shortage, quantify the need, identify solutions and prepare the plan. Full Article
The purpose of this Toolkit is to give local government staff and decision-makers more detailed knowledge about eight tools that deliver market and non-market affordable housing so they are better equipped to decide which approaches suit their community and to develop an affordable housing program. Local governments have the legislative authority to work with developers to use all of these tools to create affordable housing. This Toolkit provides the support and suggestions on how to craft an effective affordable housing program. Full Article