City to apply for grant to study housing needs

New provincial study is mandating that municipalities undertake a housing needs report

The city is applying for a grant towards the creation of a report that will identify housing needs across a wide spectrum of the local Cranbrook population.

If successful, the grant will bring in $30,000 from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) that will go towards a new provincially mandated Housing Needs Report that is expected to cost approximately $80,000.

The report, which is expected to be tendered out by a consultant in collaboration with city resources and staff, isn’t due until 2022, however, the first intake for grant applications expires at the end of May.

Ron Fraser, director, Office of Innovation and Collaboration with the city, said the report is expected to be of value to city planners, economic development staff, First Nations, non-profits, and local businesses.

“What the report involves, there’s over 50 fields of data they want collected,” Fraser told council. “Everything from details on people’s income, the type of jobs they’re in, the education, all the type of housing, who lives in what housing with what style of income…

“So it’s very detailed, just even the data collection, then they want forecasting and analysis, where are we going to be in five years? Specifically the need for affordable housing, low-income housing, that sort of thing.”

Mayor Pratt took issue with the eligible maximum funding ratio between larger and smaller communities.

For example, the Village of Slocan, with a population of 272, is eligible for $15,000, while the Village of Silverton, with a population of 195, is eligible for the same amount.

“I’m sure a consultant could go to those two cities, one in the morning, one in the afternoon and get that study done, and yet, the two of them get the same amount of money that we get,” Pratt said.

“There’s a huge discrepancy here and I think somehow we should bring that to the attention of the ministry because this is totally slanted in the wrong direction.”

The report process is expected to take approximately 12 months, which will include the data collection, public engagement and a city-wide survey before the final report is presented to council.



trevor.crawley@cranbrooktownsman.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Latest round of Columbia River Treaty talks wrap up

It was the first oppportunity for local Indigenous Nations to participate as observers

Runners hit the streets for Special Olympics

Cranbrook RCMP teamed up with Cranbrook Safeway on Saturday, June 22, for… Continue reading

School board reports January malware attack

Email systems compromised at board office and Fernie Learning Centre, according to memo

Bowen Byram goes fourth overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft

The Cranbrook native was picked by the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL draft

Residents asked to leave ‘fawn in area’ signs alone

Signs are there for the protection of deer and people

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Thieves steal tents from B.C. school, Grade 7 camping trip happens anyway

Nanaimo businesses, school staff and parents ensure trip goes on

Disaster relief: four tips for coping with wildfires, smoky skies

Being shrouded in smoke or having to flee from wildfires can cause anxiety, stress, depression

Only legal pot shop between Vancouver and Kamloops now open

Private cannabis store on Skwah land in Chilliwack is first B.C. licensee to be Indigenous owned

Canadian communities responding to climate change

New research highlights state of local adaptation planning in Canada

Victoria woman in L.A. hospital after she was run over twice

Lynn Phillips has suffered from multiple broken bones and internal bleeding

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. judge defies lawyers and adds six months to man’s sex assault sentence

‘I find the joint submission is contrary to the public interest and I’m rejecting it’

Tiny Yorkshire terrier survives days on remote B.C. island

ROAM rescue crews, family searched for dog, missing in Greater Victoria for days

Most Read