Secure, affordable housing is the foundation of a healthy life and a strong city. Vancouver is experiencing a housing affordability emergency that threatens everyone's wellbeing. This may be part of a global crisis, but it demands bold, immediate local solutions. We need to ensure that Vancouver offers secure, long-term housing for people at all income levels. And we need to create the kinds of housing–and neighbourhoods–that nurture the social connections and sense of belonging that keep people strong, happy and healthy.
As mayor, I will deliver the urgent action we need to tackle the housing crisis. That means doing more with the scarce land we've got, and exploring new forms of housing that enable people to share space and resources if they wish. It means leveraging city assets to nurture non-market solutions such as coops, cohousing, non-profits and community land trusts. It means acting immediately to offer housing solutions to the people who need it most.
There is no single solution to fixing the housing crisis. It is going to take leadership, focus and determination. In 2017, Vancouver adopted a new housing strategy. We need to hone that strategy and fast-track its most effective actions to create the inclusive, affordable and people-centred housing we desperately need.