Like many communities in BC, the Sunshine Coast is experiencing significant housing challenges around affordability and availability. In fact, according to BC Non-Profit Housing Association, the Sunshine Coast contains the highest proportion of renters in BC spending more than 50% of their income on housing.
In the third quarter of 2019, the Town of Gibsons received a grant from the UBCM Housing Needs Reports Program for a much-needed ‘Regional Housing Needs Assessment’ for the Sunshine Coast.
The project is to be managed by the Town of Gibsons, in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Regional District and the District of Sechelt, and aims to update the 2014 report Housing on the Sunshine Coast: Trends, Needs and Directions.
A project kick-off meeting was held on December 9, 2019; the project must be completed no later than June 15, 2020.
The first phase of the project involves identifying stakeholders, launching a Steering Committee, background research, and the preparation of an engagement strategy.