Glacier View Lodge – 2020 Housing Concepts Summary Report

Glacier View Lodge is exploring creating a development plan and vision for the 42 acres of land adjoining the Lodge. Vancouver Island University (VIU)
Master of Community Planning students joined with Glacier View Lodge between September 2019 and April 2020 to help create a visioning plan for this site. This work has been supported by the Comox Valley Community Health Network and the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness.
The visioning plan includes two development concepts for the site – one focused on seniors housing and one focused on multi-generational housing. These concepts are based on a community engagement process that took place in January and February 2020.

Food Security, Poverty, Housing & the Local Food System: Closing the loop in the Comox Valley

This report explores how the core issues and underlying root causes of food security are intertwined with issues of poverty, inadequate or precarious housing, and other barriers which block access to healthy and culturally appropriate food. On the other end of the food system, local growers and new entrants to sustainable food production suffer due to the competition in a global food market plagued with subsidies, inequalities, and externalities.⁠

This report is the culmination of six months of community engagement and research by Andrea Cupelli, Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness, and Maurita Prato, LUSH Valley Food Action Society.⁠

Comox Valley Employer Housing Summit – May 23, 2019

Comox Valley Economic Development Society and the Coalition collaborated to host an Employer Housing Summit.

This was an opportunity for local employers, developers, municipal planners, elected officials, Coalition members and anyone interested in how the area can support improved housing opportunities for employees wishing to relocate here, as well as those who want to continue to work in the community they love.The morning consisted of a panel presentation and moderated Q&A and opportunity to dialogue and express concerns, suggest ideas, and to network and engage. Panelists included;

Cheeying Ho – Whistler Housing Authority (download the presentation here)

Raymond Kwong – BC Housing (download the presentation here)

Jada Basai – City Spaces (download the presentation here)

Candace Koo – CMHC (download the presentation here)

Seniors Housing Needs; What We Know – Report by CV Health Network

Seniors wellness and housing are priorities of the Comox Valley Community Health Network (CVCHN) and the Coalition. Responding to seniors housing needs requires collaboration with local and senior levels of government, funding partners, seniors care services, health care services, housing developers, seniors and others.

BC Housing

BC Housing works in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, provincial health authorities and ministries, other levels of government and community groups to develop a range of housing options.

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness leads a national movement of individuals, organizations and communities working together to end homelessness in Canada.

AHERO Comox Valley Resource Guide

Compiled by the Comox Valley Ad Hoc Emergency Resources Organization (AHERO).  AHERO’s aim is to identify the need for emergency services, encourage their development, and help coordinate their delivery.

This guide is updated monthly and lists all of the social services in the Comox Valley.

Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre

TRAC’s purpose is to promote the legal protection of residential tenants across British Columbia by providing information, education, support and research on residential tenancy matters.

TRAC provides legal education and information through our website, Tenant Infoline, online course, social media, multilingual resources and legal workshops. For eligible clients, TRAC offers direct advocacy by negotiating resolutions with problem landlords or providing representation at Residential Tenancy Branch dispute resolution hearings.

Government of Canada – Homelessness Partnering Strategy

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to communities across Canada. The Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 announced nearly $600 million over five years (2014-2019) starting in April 2014 to renew and refocus the HPS using a Housing First approach.