Background:

On October 16, 2013 the Comox Valley Housing Task Force, in partnership with United Way, is hosting an affordable housing and homelessness community forum. Stakeholders, including our four local governments, service providers and the public will come together to address the importance of adequate housing to health and well being. Activities throughout the day and early evening will…

  • Develop partnerships for creative housing solutions that build a healthier community.
  • Increase commitment to create a culture of cooperation and consensus‐building.
  • Highlight the link between housing and health, access to services, and engagement in community when living in stable, healthy housing.
  • Document community perspectives on affordable housing and homelessness.
  • Learn from experiences of, and gain support for, working with other communities.

The Exposition will highlight housing providers and agencies, as well as potential housing projects. Alternative housing groups, local government affordable housing policies, interested developers, and other government agencies will be there to share ideas and information. Panel discussions with expert presenters will educate and engage the community on topics related to affordable housing, homelessness and facilitating change. The Forum’s learning and dialogue will move us toward long‐term permanent solutions to increase local capacity to meet our housing needs and create healthier people and community.

Comox Valley Housing Task Force (CVHTF), through a partnership with the Comox Valley Regional District and the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) will host a forum on issues related to homelessness, access to affordable housing and healthy communities in October 2013.

“The Comox Valley Housing Task was formed two years ago to address the issues in our community related to affordable housing and homelessness and the struggle many people have in accessing housing and shelter that is affordable and safe. The forum in the Fall will be an opportunity to bring many groups together for an open discussion and learning opportunity. ” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, Chair, CVHTF.

The forum, which will be held on October 16th at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay, will include expert speakers in the field of homelessness and affordable housing, engage the public on the issues, as well as look for feedback and participation from the community. The forum hopes to engage the community, local stakeholders and government on the importance of increasing awareness of the connection between adequate housing and personal well-being.

uwcnvi-logo-300dpi-419px“One of United Way’s three focus areas for funding is healthy communities and access to affordable housing is a key component of that,” said Signy Madden, Executive Director, UWCNVI. “Homelessness is an issue in the Comox Valley and many factors can contribute to different states of homelessness, including inadequate access to rental properties, food insecurity and people living below the Low Income Cut Off line. We are partnering with Housing Task Force to help generate working solutions to build a stronger community.”

Funding for the forum is from the Comox Valley Housing Task Force and the BC Healthy Communities Fund. United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is supporting the project, as well as assisting with the evaluation process.

For updates on the forum visit www.cvhousing.ca or view the event page on Facebook.com.

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BCHealthyCommunitiesThe Comox Valley Housing Task Force is grateful for the partial funding received from BC Healthy Communities towards making this forum a reality.