Affordable Housing

Housing Central – British Columbia’s Affordable Housing Conference November 18-20, 2018

Urban-Systems-HousingCentralThe BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Co-op Housing Federation of BC and Aboriginal Housing Management Association have joined forces to host Canada’s largest affordable housing conference. Housing Central is being held at Vancouver’s Sheraton Wall Centre from November 18th to 20th.

Matt Thomson and Erin Welk are both part of the Urban Matters Community Housing Team, they work with a focus on the non-market side of the housing continuum and along the length of the development process, from assessment and planning to proforma and development approval to design and construction. Matt and Erin will be presenting at the Housing Central conference, further information for each event is listed below.

Building Homes, Not Units

When: Sunday November 18th, 3:45 to 5 PM
Presenter: Matt Thomson, Community Housing Lead at Urban Matters

This session focuses on efforts to re-develop two mixed-income, mixed-use developments in Calgary that will provide over 300 affordable homes with support services, with a particular focus on a site in the Southview neighbourhood of Calgary. Revitalization of these sites will renew the built environment and modernize planning that prioritized cars and short-sighted savings over a well-planned community. Matt Thomson will walk through the phases of the work Urban Matters and partner organization S2 undertook in order to inform the redevelopment planning, from planning, to data analysis, to community considerations. The presentation will then be followed by a workshop/dialogue asking participants to think through how they might approach a similar project, and what challenges and opportunities they would encounter with this type of process in their own communities.

About Matt

Matt Thomson
Matt is the lead consultant for our Community Housing practice. He has extensive experience in housing research, policy and development, and has worked both as an independent consultant and for the Social Planning and Research Council of BC. His work involves collaborating with with community service providers and governments to develop housing solutions across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Planning from the University of British Columbia and is based in Gibsons, BC.

Transforming Housing Needs Assessments

When: Tuesday November 20th, 3:45 to 4:45 PM
Erin Welk, Civic Social Innovation Lead at Urban Matters
Michelle Kam, City of Kelowna

Housing needs assessments can establish a strong base of knowledge that contributes to robust and appropriate strategies and actions for communities wanting to increase affordable housing options along the housing continuum. This session explores the evolution of the housing needs assessment framework and demonstrates best practices in applying an equity and inclusion, and an asset-based lens to housing needs assessments. Join presenters from the BCNPHA, Urban Matters, the City of Kelowna, and the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Branch, of the Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs in a thought-provoking and interactive session. Presenters: Erin Welk Lead, Social Innovation Advisory Services Urban Matters; Michelle Kam, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Kelowna [Note: Presenter from the Province and BCNPHA to be confirmed]

About Erin

Erin Welk
Erin finds her passion where people, community, and environment intersect. She has over 11 years of experience working with municipalities to help them improve housing outcomes, adapt to growth or decline, and address climate change. These challenges are often complex, far reaching, and require a diverse set of input from community actors. As a result, Erin’s work centres around convening conversation and catalyzing action.

Erin is also a fellow of the Alberta Energy Futures Lab (EFL), and has previously worked at non-profits including SmartGrowthBC and the Pembina Institute. Erin holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Simon Fraser University.

Erin leads in the development of Urban Matters’ portfolio of civic social innovation initiatives. She helps local governments move towards positive social and community outcomes by using organizational change management, partnership brokering, leadership development, and social enterprise incubation.

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