CBT addresses affordable housing issues

By Contributor
April 14th, 2010

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) and the BC Non-Profit
Housing Association (BCNPHA) are partnering to support Basin communities
and organizations in taking action on local affordable housing concerns
through CBT’s new Affordable Housing Resources Program.

Through the partnership, communities and organizations are able to
evaluate options relating to existing housing projects, assess potential
housing projects and develop plans, and understand how to work with a
housing developer. The program will link communities and organizations
with experienced affordable housing consultants and with other
communities or organizations that have relevant experience. The cost of
accessing these resources will be subsidized by CBT.

“CBT is launching this program in response to requests from Basin
communities and organizations for access to housing expertise and
resources, as well as information sharing around housing issues,” said
Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. “We know that affordable housing
issues can be complex and challenging. This program will help
communities get the information they need to make sound decisions in
determining their next steps, whether that help is needed in developing
new projects, or managing existing ones.”

Karen Stone, Executive Director, BCNPHA, added: “The partnership between
CBT and BCNPHA allows communities to direct their own outcomes, while
being supported by strategic resources. BCNPHA is excited by the
opportunity to serve as a catalyst in the linking process and to work
with the amazing communities within the Columbia Basin, towards ensuring
innovative housing options.”

This program will not duplicate supports that are already available to
communities or community organizations through other channels, and where
appropriate, may complement existing supports. Given that the program is
new, CBT and BCNPHA will seek feedback from communities and community
organizations on the program and will improve the program as needed.

To learn more about the program or to access affordable housing experts,
call 1-800-505-8998 or email housinghelp@cbt.org. Learn more about CBT’s
other social initiatives and the Social Strategic Plan at

BCNPHA is a provincial, member-based organization that represents the
non-profit housing sector, and provides leadership and support to
housing providers in order to facilitate a high standard of affordable
housing throughout BC. Learn more about the BCNPHA at www.bcnpha.ca.
CBT delivers economic, social, and environmental benefits to the
residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and
initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

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