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The City of Vancouver is launching Talk Housing With Us, an innovative public outreach and engagement project that supports the City’s ongoing efforts to create more affordable housing and end street homelessness in Vancouver by 2015.

“Creating affordable housing and helping end street homelessness are two big priorities for Vancouver City Council,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Talk Housing With Us provides a direct way for the public to tell us what they think we should be doing about housing. Ideas, comments, feedback, we want to hear it all.

“If we’re going to build a city that has affordable housing options for everyone, we need Vancouverites to get involved.”

A new public engagement website at talkvancouver.com provides an online forum for citizens to join the conversation and tell the City what they think should be done about homelessness and affordable housing. People can share ideas on the actions required to ensure that everyone in Vancouver has a home.

As part of Talk Housing With Us, there will be a series of public events including a Renters’ Roundtable Forum on May 26; an Unconference on June 4, where the participants choose which housing topics they want to workshop; and a Health of The Homeless Youth Summit on June 14, 2011.  More details will be available in the coming weeks at talkvancouver.com.

Feedback from the Talk Housing With Us events, as well as the website, will help inform and shape a revised Homelessness and Affordable Housing Strategic Plan for Vancouver, slated to come before City Council in the summer of 2011. The strategy seeks to improve affordability and accessibility at all points along the housing continuum, from shelters and supportive housing to affordable rentals and home ownership.

The Talk Housing With Us website also provides links to detailed information on the current state of homelessness and affordable housing in Vancouver, and what progress the City has achieved to date.

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