Plans for 2018
Housing Needs Assessment
In January 2018 we plan to hire a consultant to start work on a Regional Housing Needs Assessment. The needs assessment will give us information like:
- current need , demand , and supply of housing
- identify and assess current housing and supports across the continuum within the region, including government-subsidised housing (emergency shelter beds, supportive housing, transitional housing, subsidised housing, and low cost rentals), non-market housing, and market housing
- importantly, it will help position communities to undertake collaborative projects, as well as leverage external funding and support
- Technical Committee
- Table of Partners
- Start - Jan 2018
- Consultation: February - May 2018
- Delivery of Housing Needs Assessment - June 2018
The importance of setting up strong processes for collaboration has come up in all our meetings and consultations.
With the support of BC Healthy Communities and United Way, we will be holding a meeting to learn about the collaborative processes in other communities. The idea is to be ready to submit a Homelessness Prevention Strategy application for a Coordinator when the next funding round opens in October 2018.
- Implementation of Housing Needs Assessment
- Initial meeting - February 2018
- United Way and SCHN Coordinator will provide support for ongoing meetings until October 2018
- Homelessness Prevention Strategy funding closes - October 2018
Technical Committee met and approved a Terms of Reference and Scope for a Regional Housing Needs Assessment.
The Table of Partners approved the Housing Project Plan and the formation of a Technical Committee to provide expertise.
The Table of Partners resolved to ask the Regional District Board to release funds from an Island Health Wellness Grant for population-level interventions to address the social determinants of health to develop a Regional Housing Affordability Plan. This was approved by the SRD Board in August 2017.
The SCHN Coordinator has been meeting with many people in the sector as well as other communities who have collaborative housing projects. Learnings from other communities include:
- Invite the right people to the table! If we want to create housing projects we need to bring managers and decision-makers to the table.
`What we heard`
In June 2016 the Health Network hosted a meeting to discuss ways to collaboratively move forward. The importance of working towards collaboration and action were highlighted.
Next steps identified were:
- Hiring a Coordinator
- Creating a plan that leads to action
- Support for Homes First
- Forming a Coalition/Steering Committee
- Consultation with communities not represented, such as the early years, seniors, and First Nations
See the meeting notes for more information.
At a meeting hosted by MLA Clare Travena on February 17, 2017, the need for further discussion was identified. The Health Network offered to host another meeting.
From the Strategic Plan:
Access to appropriate and affordable housing is fundamental to well being. In 2015, Island Health reported that 46.1% of renters in LHA Region 72 and 52.6% of renters in LHA Region 84 are spending more than 30% of their income on housing. Since then housing pressures in the region have continued to increase. Studies such as the Shared Care MHSU Report from 2016 have started to show what anecdotally the Network has heard: that housing pressures in Campbell River are forcing people on low incomes to move to regional centres that are more affordable, but that have less access to services such as transportation, grocery stores, and health services.
There are a significant number of community groups, non-profits, and service providers active in the homelessness sector in Campbell River. There is a gap in collaborative planning, shared data measurements, and multi-sectoral collaboration around social housing across the region, especially as it relates to families, seniors, women, and those living in remote and rural areas.
Action on housing and homelessness were identified as a priority area at both Health Network forums in 2015. There are significant gaps in housing, housing insecurity and homelessness data across the region.
Data sources: Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (June 2015), Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (November 2015), Island Health LHA Report 84, Island Health LHA Report 72, Campbell River Vital Signs, City of Campbell River Homelessness Report (2015), Shared Care MHSU Report (2016), Housing Central Affordable Housing Plan for Strathcona (2017).