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Letter: Vancouver can learn a thing or two from Whistler about housing

"Start the Vancouver Housing Authority, and begin to serve your locals who work hard to keep Vancouver, the great city that it is, running."
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The City of Vancouver should take notes about creating affordable housing from the Whistler Housing Authority, says a resort resident.

Dear Vancouver,

I live in Whistler, British Columbia, just up the road from you. I’m sure you’ve heard of us and all the stories about how expensive and unaffordable it is to live here. Well, I’ve heard these stories, too. What I never thought I would hear was how Whistler is now a viable option for young couples wanting home ownership.

The other day, a delivery driver from Vancouver was telling me that he and his partner are moving to Whistler because they “will never be able to own a home in Vancouver” but felt by moving to Whistler they would have a chance. Why? Because of the Whistler Housing Authority. Ever heard of it? It was an amazing move by the local government of the day here in Whistler to create housing for Whistler workers. It’s not perfect but, today, if you’re lucky, you can still buy a three-bedroom home in Whistler for $400,000. I am thinking this would be a good system for Vancouver and many other areas of B.C.

Our youth need you. They need viable housing options to thrive.

This is one of them. Check it out before everyone in Vancouver starts moving to Whistler. We need your help, as we are already quite full.

Help the people of Vancouver help themselves.

Check out whistlerhousing.ca for information about its resale policy.

Start the Vancouver Housing Authority, and begin to serve your locals who work hard to keep Vancouver, the great city that it is, running.

Our bragging rights here are that we have more than 75 per cent of workers living locally due to the efforts of the Whistler Housing Authority.

That is worth bragging about.

Can Vancouver be affordable for its citizens? There is a way.

Peter Skeels // Whistler

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