About Us

OUR HISTORY

Cowichan Housing Association is the outcome of eight years of successful work by the Regional Affordable Housing Directorate (RAHD), a committee under Social Planning Cowichan (SPC).

 

Between 2007-2009, RAHD’s achievements included a report titled Inadequate Shelter in the Cowichan, and a series of community consultations on affordable housing and homelessness prevention. This work culminated in an Affordable Housing Strategy for the Cowichan Region.

 

In the spring of 2011, RAHD/Social Planning Cowichan was invited by the Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District (CVRHD) to consult with the community regarding a substantial amount of funds that could be available to start implementing the Housing Strategy. RAHD held four community sessions and highlighted a dozen different housing projects and homelessness prevention programs. One of the main recommendations from these consultations was to form a new association which could then move forward with implementing many of the project ideas identified during these session.

 

Cowichan Housing Association was incorporated In January of 2015 to evolve and grow the work of RAHD, and to broaden community efforts for affordable housing and homelessness prevention. The Board of Social Planning Cowichan is pleased to see this committee grow into a strong association capable of embracing the community-identified mandate around homelessness prevention and creating affordable housing.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Since 2016, leveraged approximately $240,000 in grants from the Homelessness Prevention Strategy for provision of Ready to Rent Tenant and Landlord Education, Community Information and Education, Tenant Information and Referrals, Emergency Assistance for rental subsidies and hydro disconnections.
  • Leveraged $154,000 for a grant from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to address youth homelessness through the Close to Home: Housing First for Youth Project that has developed a Youth Housing First Plan and conducted a region-wide Youth Homelessness Needs Assessment.
  • Worked with key community partners to host two community forums, plan and launch the Cowichan Housing and Homelessness Coalition to coordinate efforts for homelessness prevention.
  • Collaborated with the Coalition to develop a Plan to Address Homelessness.  Everyone Deserves a Home Community Report, June 2017.
  • Continues to provide a number of education forums regarding Affordable Housing.
  • In 2018 developed and successfully established an Annual Financial Contribution Services in the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) with the adoption of Bylaw 4201. Creating the Regional Housing Trust Fund to assist with providing programs and services related to affordable housing and homelessness prevention in the Cowichan region.
  • Lead the development of the Cowichan Attainable Housing Strategy, Spring 2019.