A good community must have a variety of housing options for its citizens.
Work in partnership with senior levels of government by providing City owned lots for new housing projects.
Five lots were committed to affordable housing by the City of Kelowna. I supported these much needed projects through to completion.
Secondary Suites and Carriage Homes are an important part of the supply of rental and affordable housing. I have strongly advocated for the expansion of this type of housing throughout Kelowna.
Implement policy that promotes the expansion of the affordable housing supply (Both market and non-market affordable housing.)
I support a “housing first” policy for the homeless. Providing a short-term clean and safe place to live will give people the best chance of becoming productive members of society. I was supportive of the John Howard Project that opened in 2012 called "Newgate"; the CMHA project called "Willowbridge" which opened in 2010, and the NOW Canada project on Tutt Street which opened in 2011.
Encourage the expansion of rental housing in Kelowna. The last three years have seen the expansion of new rental housing in Kelowna. The vacancy rate has is once again tightening in Kelowna. They have reduced from a healthy 3.0% to about 1.5%. More work needs to be done. Increased rental supply usually leads to broader variety of rental rates which benefits all renters.
Explore creative solutions to affordability with the local development community. Many local developers are very concerned about the affordability of housing in this region.
Encourage developers to build "attainable" town homes that working people can afford to buy. Support developers as they expand the rental housing supply in the City.
Rental Housing Grants - Continue to support grants to reduce DCC taxes on new rental housing.