Housing

A man walks past an affordable housing complex, being constructed in Charlottetown’s Hillsborough Park area, on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Seven provinces have signed on to a federal rent assistance program created as part of the national housing strategy, three more than the Liberals have announced, newly released documents show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

More provinces sign up for rent benefit as Liberals set up promised housing council

Indigenous housing providers are pushing for the government to finally unveil a plan

 

Houses under construction in Toronto on Friday, June 26, 2015. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts increased in October. The national housing agency says the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts rose to 214,875 units last month compared with 208,715 in September. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

CMHC says annual pace of housing starts climbed higher in October

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts rose to 214,875 units last month

 

A housing needs study is underway for the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD).

Housing going under the microscope in the Fraser Valley Regional District

A housing needs study will help find the gaps and needs; survey community members

 

CMHC president Evan Siddall speaks to the Canadian Club of Toronto in Toronto on June 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

New tools, ideas needed to speed up housing strategy funding, CMHC president says

The COVID-19 pandemic has made housing affordability an even bigger issue

CMHC president Evan Siddall speaks to the Canadian Club of Toronto in Toronto on June 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Andy Yan says local employment, interest rates, and pent-up demand may be driving a high turnover in homes in Langley. (SFU/special to the Langley Advance Times)

SFU housing expert explains Lower Mainland’s surprising real estate sales numbers

Why are housing sales in Langley, and the region, still so high despite a pandemic and recession?

Andy Yan says local employment, interest rates, and pent-up demand may be driving a high turnover in homes in Langley. (SFU/special to the Langley Advance Times)
Real estate for sale signs are shown in Oakville, Ont. on December 1, 2018. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. expects a drop in home prices in the country’s biggest cities amid “severe declines” in home sales and construction. The federal housing agency says a combination of factors related to the pandemic, such as higher unemployment and lower income, will slow housing starts and push sales and home prices below pre-COVID levels. CMHC says the market likely won’t see a return to pre-pandemic levels before the end of 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan

CMHC expects uneven and uncertain recovery in country’s housing market

A potential second wave of the virus, higher unemployment and the pace of an economic recovery could affect housing

Real estate for sale signs are shown in Oakville, Ont. on December 1, 2018. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. expects a drop in home prices in the country’s biggest cities amid “severe declines” in home sales and construction. The federal housing agency says a combination of factors related to the pandemic, such as higher unemployment and lower income, will slow housing starts and push sales and home prices below pre-COVID levels. CMHC says the market likely won’t see a return to pre-pandemic levels before the end of 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan
Real estate for sale signs are shown in Oakville, Ont. on Saturday, Dec.1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan

CMHC sees declines in home prices, sales, starts that will linger to end of 2022

CMHC said average housing prices could fall anywhere from nine to 18 per cent in its forecast

Real estate for sale signs are shown in Oakville, Ont. on Saturday, Dec.1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan
Big future in tiny homes, says New Zealand expert

Big future in tiny homes, says New Zealand expert

Westcoast Small Home Expo, set to return to Abbotsford Tradex June 6-7

Big future in tiny homes, says New Zealand expert
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The benchmark price for an Abbotsford single-family house is once again closing in on $800,000. File photo

Abbotsford house prices on the rebound with more sales, fewer listings

Price of a typical single-family house once again nearing $800,000

The benchmark price for an Abbotsford single-family house is once again closing in on $800,000. File photo
Farmland in Chilliwack. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

Province looking to relax residential restrictions on agricultural land

Chilliwack farmer cautions that some aspects could open Agricultural Land Reserve up to speculation

Farmland in Chilliwack. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)
The City of Abbotsford will be hosting a local forum on homelessness on June 20.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

City of Abbotsford organizing renewed homelessness forum

Local forum in June to come after regional forum fell out due to snowy weather in February

The City of Abbotsford will be hosting a local forum on homelessness on June 20.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
The second of two modular housing projects in Abbotsford, a 40-unit building going up at the site of the Elizabeth Fry Society is getting finishing touches, with tenants expected to move in in a few weeks.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford’s 2nd modular housing project expected to start tenanting next month

Site at Livingstone Avenue near Peardonville Road to support 40 units for women and children

The second of two modular housing projects in Abbotsford, a 40-unit building going up at the site of the Elizabeth Fry Society is getting finishing touches, with tenants expected to move in in a few weeks.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
The modular housing project on Riverside Road opened in mid-April. The project was a source of contention between the city and BC Housing, emails obtained by The News show. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Emails show BC Housing frustration with City of Abbotsford over modular housing

Housing authority butted heads over approval timelines and the term of lease for city-owned property

The modular housing project on Riverside Road opened in mid-April. The project was a source of contention between the city and BC Housing, emails obtained by The News show. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Residents of an encampment that has cropped up across Gladys Avenue from the Mennonite Central Committee tear down their setups after a visit from the Abbotsford Police Department.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

‘Strength comes in numbers’: Homeless camp slowly growing near Abbotsford MCC

Harvey Clause says homeless community low on places to safely rest their head, getting frustrated

Residents of an encampment that has cropped up across Gladys Avenue from the Mennonite Central Committee tear down their setups after a visit from the Abbotsford Police Department.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction formerly had a policy of only letting a few people wait in its waiting room, even with many vacant chairs in the room. That left the remainder waiting outside, often in rain or snow.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford welfare waiting room left vacant while clients wait outside: advocate

Jesse Wegenast says the ministry branch has now changed its policy to allow people to wait inside

The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction formerly had a policy of only letting a few people wait in its waiting room, even with many vacant chairs in the room. That left the remainder waiting outside, often in rain or snow.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Shane Williams, CEO of the Lookout Society, speaks at the opening event for Abbotsford’s first modular project on Riverside Road. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford modular housing named for shelter patron who died of overdose

Housing expected to open in the next two or three weeks on Riverside Road

Shane Williams, CEO of the Lookout Society, speaks at the opening event for Abbotsford’s first modular project on Riverside Road. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
The modular housing project on Riverside Road, expected to house upwards of 40 people, is slated to open for mid-April. Service provider Jesse Wegenast says he’s excited to see the project come online, as it will target specifically those living in shelters and on the streets. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Modular project will visibly reduce Abbotsford homelessness: advocate

Jesse Wegenast says project will have ‘single greatest’ impact on local homelessness to date

The modular housing project on Riverside Road, expected to house upwards of 40 people, is slated to open for mid-April. Service provider Jesse Wegenast says he’s excited to see the project come online, as it will target specifically those living in shelters and on the streets. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Business Engagement Ambassador Program member Steve Rouault tours Gladys Avenue to pick up trash as part of the BEAP program. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford homeless cleaning up the community

Cleanup is part of pilot program intended to improve relationships with local businesses

Business Engagement Ambassador Program member Steve Rouault tours Gladys Avenue to pick up trash as part of the BEAP program. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Mayor Henry Braun says the City of Abbotsford has made major strides in improving its relationship with the local homeless population over the past half-decade. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford mayor ‘cautiously optimistic’ for federal homeless fund application

Designated community status would provide $1-3 million per year in funding to fight homelessness

Mayor Henry Braun says the City of Abbotsford has made major strides in improving its relationship with the local homeless population over the past half-decade. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo