1996 Burnaby

When the call for proposals came to manage a new subsidized housing community for families in Burnaby, MCCSHS put together a proposal package and eventually won the bid to develop the community.  Lakepark Village began welcoming families in 1996.  The 43 unit townhouse community set in the midst of Robert Burnaby park was a crucial addition to the city of Burnaby as it struggled to address affordability in the area.

 

According to a report from 2001 by Jim Woodward and Associates, in 1996 there were 14,000 renters in Burnaby who spent more than 30% of their income on rent, and about 7,000 who spent more than 50%.  The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation defines “affordable” related to housing as paying 30% or less of one’s income toward shelter.  In 1996, Burnaby was the third largest community in the Greater Vancouver Regional District and had the second highest poverty rate. Between 1991 and 1995, average income decreased by 14%. Between 1995 and 2000, Food Bank visits rose by almost 38%.1  The need was obvious, Lakepark Village was built at a critical time for families struggling to make ends meet.

 

 

1 Woodward, Jim, and Associates,  "Organizing to End Homelessness in Burnaby," A Report for PHS, <http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:ckFtbgo8QlkJ:www.raincityhousing.org/docs/HRDCreport_Burnaby.doc+homeless+count+in+burnaby+1996&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&client=safari>, ( March 2001 ).

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