The issue of affordable housing has been of concern in the Cowichan region for the past decade or more. Extensive discussions on the issue have been held over several years with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). Recently announced dollars for federal and provincial housing programs can be accessed but projects that can show strong support by local governments have a much higher chance of approval. The Regional Housing Service demonstrates local commitment and funding, which enables us to all be more effective in meeting the growing housing needs in our region.
The adoption of bylaw 4201 on April 11th, 2018, established an Annual Financial Contribution Service to assist with providing programs and services related to affordable housing and homelessness prevention in the Cowichan Region.
The Regional Housing Service has two primary goals;
- To increase local funds for affordable housing, to leverage funds from other sources and to incentivize the development of affordable and attainable housing options in the Cowichan Region.
- To provide the expertise, knowledge and support to local communities to develop affordable housing projects.