White Rock - Housing Needs Report

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In 2019 the Province passed legislation requiring local governments to collect and analyze population and housing-related data to identify current and anticipated housing needs and to articulate those needs in the preparation of a Housing Needs Report. The City of White Rock is now in the process of preparing its Housing Needs Report and as part of this work is looking for input from existing and future (or would-be) White Rock residents.

There are two key components making up this project. The first includes the preparation of a "Part 1" report, being a report that summarizes the core data required by the Province (per BC Reg. 90/2019). The City is collaborating with Metro Vancouver in the preparation of this "Part 1" report which will be shared on this webpage at some point in the near future.

The second key component involves a comprehensive program of community engagement, likely to be executed using a variety of digital mediums in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. While the majority of engagement activities will be scheduled in the late winter / early Spring of 2021 you can start to engage today by completing the City of White Rock Housing Needs Survey - see link below. The results of the survey will be integrated with the feedback we receive through future community engagement activities. All of the information collected will be used to help the City better-understand local housing experiences that may otherwise be lost in the data.

In addition to engaging White Rock residents, City staff will be reaching out to local not-for-profit housing agencies and those who work to provide housing supports in the community. With this said, the City would like to acknowledge those who have already expressed an interest in supporting this important project, being: Semiahmoo House Society, Homelessness Services Association of BC, Sources Community Resource Centre, Semiahmoo First Nation, the City of Surrey, and Options Community Services. The City's Housing Advisory Committee will also play a critical role in reviewing various iterations of the report and evaluating emerging themes as they relate to local housing needs.

We thank you in advance for taking an interest in this project and look forward to speaking with you soon.

In 2019 the Province passed legislation requiring local governments to collect and analyze population and housing-related data to identify current and anticipated housing needs and to articulate those needs in the preparation of a Housing Needs Report. The City of White Rock is now in the process of preparing its Housing Needs Report and as part of this work is looking for input from existing and future (or would-be) White Rock residents.

There are two key components making up this project. The first includes the preparation of a "Part 1" report, being a report that summarizes the core data required by the Province (per BC Reg. 90/2019). The City is collaborating with Metro Vancouver in the preparation of this "Part 1" report which will be shared on this webpage at some point in the near future.

The second key component involves a comprehensive program of community engagement, likely to be executed using a variety of digital mediums in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. While the majority of engagement activities will be scheduled in the late winter / early Spring of 2021 you can start to engage today by completing the City of White Rock Housing Needs Survey - see link below. The results of the survey will be integrated with the feedback we receive through future community engagement activities. All of the information collected will be used to help the City better-understand local housing experiences that may otherwise be lost in the data.

In addition to engaging White Rock residents, City staff will be reaching out to local not-for-profit housing agencies and those who work to provide housing supports in the community. With this said, the City would like to acknowledge those who have already expressed an interest in supporting this important project, being: Semiahmoo House Society, Homelessness Services Association of BC, Sources Community Resource Centre, Semiahmoo First Nation, the City of Surrey, and Options Community Services. The City's Housing Advisory Committee will also play a critical role in reviewing various iterations of the report and evaluating emerging themes as they relate to local housing needs.

We thank you in advance for taking an interest in this project and look forward to speaking with you soon.

  • The City of White Rock would like to understand your housing needs. To help us get started, please complete this Housing Needs Survey. The Survey should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. The results are anonymous and will be used to inform future aspects of this project, including, for example, identifying how Statistics Canada's Census data aligns with the aspirational and real needs of White Rock residents, both existing and future.

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