Small Housing Solutions for Vancouver’s Affordability Challenges

“Vancouver can speed up its permitting and approvals systems. It can update zoning regulations to allow smaller homes on smaller, sub-divided lots. It can allow lane way houses and basement units to be sold as well as rented, more condominium micro suites could be allowed. The city can make possible smaller and more affordable three-bedroom… Continue reading Small Housing Solutions for Vancouver’s Affordability Challenges

The YO Home. Engineered small space living.

Clever apartments designed to maximize the use of small spaces Moving parts draw on the wealth of engineering technology taken from fields as diverse as yacht and automotive design, and the mechanics of stage production, allowing the transformation of a 40 square-metre space (the size of a studio or one bedroom apartment) into what feels… Continue reading The YO Home. Engineered small space living.

We’re looking for a research assistant

Small Housing BC is looking for a Research Assistant to assist us with our Natural Capital and Urban Intensification Project. Research Assistant Position The Research Assistant will work on a project to identify “small home” development options for densifying three specific single-family neighbourhoods in North Surrey, in ways that are acceptable to existing neighbours while… Continue reading We’re looking for a research assistant

Understanding the Potential of Small Scale Community Led Housing Report

An interesting report written by Jo Gooding and Tom Johnston called Understanding the Potential of Small Scale Community Led Housing and released earlier this year examines the community led housing and highlights good examples of how these are socially sustainable forms of development: “Housing – and the provision of housing – is a key issue facing the nation. There… Continue reading Understanding the Potential of Small Scale Community Led Housing Report

PRESS: What ‘Invisible’ Money Adds to Vancouver Home Prices

A new Tyee Series by Katie Hyslop is attempting to uncover the why Vancouver is so unaffordable recently launched and has some interesting insights. The first part includes some interesting comparisons across a variety of cities. Be sure to scroll through the headline images comparing housing and prices across certain municipalities! “Despite other commonalities, Portland… Continue reading PRESS: What ‘Invisible’ Money Adds to Vancouver Home Prices

Tiny Homes in Nanaimo BC – Rewild Homes

Over the past few months, we’ve received an increasing number of questions around tiny homes and their local availability. So, I’m sure many of you will be interested in Rewild Homes, a company based out of Nanaimo that builds custom tiny homes on trailers. According to their website, Rewild Homes: started to fill a niche… Continue reading Tiny Homes in Nanaimo BC – Rewild Homes

PRESS: A Foot in the Door: An Unaffordable Country’s Next Steps

#DontHave1Million campaigner Eveline Xia calls on governments to provide more data on foreign ownership at a recent housing rally in Vancouver. Data probe one of many solutions explored in upcoming Tyee Solutions reports. Photo by David P. Ball via The Tyee

At the Tyee, a piece describing the affordability crisis across Canada and paths to affordability. Housing choices for all ages is critical: The wide range of housing experiences suggests that solving Canada’s shelter crisis will take a similarly broad range of responses from across society. The fears and expectations that estrange LGBTQ2S youth from their… Continue reading PRESS: A Foot in the Door: An Unaffordable Country’s Next Steps

Tiny Home Co-Housing British Columbia

Hot-off-the-press, Tiny Home Co-Housing British Columbia is an organization out of Vancouver that just started a Meetup blog two weeks ago. They are having an upcoming launch event on August 18th – the place has yet to be determined. Here is a write-up of who they are: The first active group Working Towards tiny homes co-housing. The goal is… Continue reading Tiny Home Co-Housing British Columbia

PRESS: HALA and the $100,000 Question

Over at Sightline’s Daily – and related to last week’s post – Alan Durning discusses the recently released Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) committee plan for Seattle: “The crux of the HALA plan is to allow much more housing construction while also requiring developers to build—and raising taxes to pay for nonprofits to build—at… Continue reading PRESS: HALA and the $100,000 Question