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Affordable Housing

In September 2018, amendments to the Halfmoon Bay, Roberts Creek, Elphinstone and West Howe Sound Offical Community Plans were adopted to incorporate densification strategies to support affordable housing. These strategies are intended to provide criteria for evaluating densification proposals and tools to support and secure contribution to affordable housing.

In early 2017 SCRD staff began research on identifying areas and opportunities for increasing residential densities to support affordable housing. Upon receiving comments on this research from agencies and Advisory Planning Commissions, staff conducted a comprehensive review of existing Official Community Plan (OCP) policies related to affordable housing, and provided recommendations on a number of land use policies to support affordable housing. In October staff introduced proposed OCP amendments for 5 electoral areas to implement these policies.

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In April 2014, the Sunshine Coast Housing Needs Assessment Update Report analyzed the need for affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast and addressed demographic, economic and real estate changes since 2009. The study incorporates data from the 20011 Census and National Household Survey collected by Statistics Canada.

In July 2010, the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society received funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to implement the Homelessness Outreach Project on the Sunshine Coast, serving communities from Port Mellon to Egmont. View the Needs and Strengths Assessment Report for more information.

The Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Study (2006) assesses the extent and nature of the need for affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast. The study was updated in 2009 to incorporate information from the 2006 Census.