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Homelessness and Affordable Housing Select Committee

This page was last reviewed on June 18, 2019.

Affordable Housing Implementation Framework

In 2016, the Homelessness and Affordable Housing developed an Affordable Housing Implementation Framework with consultants. Council adopted the Framework at the regular Council meeting of November 14, 2016.

The Framework identifies strategies for the Village to support and facilitate affordable housing in Cumberland.

The Village and Committee gathered feedback from the public for the framework through an online questionnaire and an open house in September 2016.

Read the 2016 Affordable Housing Implementation Framework

Read the Summary of Housing Needs and Issues

Resources for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Drop in to the Village office to pick up a current copy of the Comox Valley Resource Guide at the front counter.

2019 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday each month at 9 am in Council Chambers, 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue, next to the Fire Hall.

View meeting agendas and minutes.

Terms of Reference

Cumberland’s Homelessness and Affordable Housing Committee is a select committee of Council tasked with

Homelessness: To make recommendations to Council on

  1. provisions for individuals whose personal circumstances make conventional housing and shelter solutions problematic.
  2. a strategy to accommodate individuals who live
  • in public spaces,
  • by trespass on private property,
  • in structures on private property that contravene Village bylaws, and
  • in ways that are considered a risk to health and safety.

Affordable Housing: To make recommendations to Council on

  • A summary of housing needs and priority housing issues;
  • A framework for the implementation of affordable housing as set out in section 5.1 and 5.2 of the Official Community Plan, which includes consideration of the coordination of regional and local not-for-profit organizations and community service organizations, and a plan to capitalize on opportunities and facilitate solutions for future affordable housing and non-market housing options, including funding applications and cooperative models;
  • Any review of the Cumberland zoning bylaw in regards to affordable housing, and in particular in regard to zoning for amenities and affordable housing (section 104 of the Local Government Act), and housing agreements for affordable and special needs housing (section 105 of the Local Government Act).

Council will appoint

(a) one member of council who may not sit as chair or vice-chair,

(b) up to six community-at-large members.

The Committee is expected to meet ten times per year and to complete its work by the spring of 2018.

View the Committee’s complete terms of reference.


Kathy Duperron, vice-chair
Ian Cooper
Mark Fortin
Bobby Herron
Lindsay Monk
Councillor Jesse Ketler

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