BCCA announces new Executive Director!
Andrea Harris will be joining the BCCA as it’s new Executive Director.
Harris has a strong background in the co-op sector; she has worked as a co-op developer and academic, and she spent 15 years at Vancity in various senior leadership roles, including most recently as Director of Member and Community Insights.
BCCA Chair Ben Hyman is excited about the appointment and says Andrea’s significant leadership and co-op experience will complement and extend the capacity of their staff.
New housing co-op proposed in East Vancouver
There will be a new housing co-op in East Vancouver, and it will be in one of the most transit-friendly locations in the city.
The six-storey co-op will be about a five-minute walk to the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain station and bus loop.
Thom Armstrong, Executive Director of Community Land Trust and BC Co-op Housing Federation says this housing project and others belonging to the pool will have “more financial security” and that, “in terms of creating the community, that’s left in the hands of the co-op, while the land trust takes care of the buildings.”
Housing advocates call on Trudeau to give more teeth to housing
Housing advocates want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tweak his government’s omnibus budget bill to give greater teeth to the bodies overseeing a new right to housing.
Characterizing housing as a human right is meant to provide a legal remedy for anyone wrongfully denied a home for reasons including ethnicity, religion, or gender identity.
In an open letter to Trudeau, almost a dozen organizations ask for amendments to give the proposed advocate and advisory council greater powers to investigate and hold hearings on systemic issues in the housing system. They also want the government to add wording into the bill for the requirement on future governments to have individual housing strategies for Inuit, Metis and First Nations.