Pillar One – Finding Homes for Good

MATH's number one priority.

MATH’s number one priority is to find a home for good for homeless people. MATH agrees that there are many housing options needed to meet the needs of all residents, therefore it supports an emergency shelter, with limited beds, that can provide a short-term stay until a home for good can be provided.

For permanent homes, there are several options. MATH will create HFGS, which will concentrate its efforts on finding the right homes for the right people from existing inventory. If more challenging situations are encountered, only then will it look at creating alternate housing choices.

HFGS will identify current housing options and availability, and then work to match these homes with the homeless who would best be suited to them. It intends to involve the private sector in identifying spaces that, with appropriate supports, can be made available to the homeless. This can include new space, secondary suites, and existing rental space in both market and non-market housing.

Market housing includes rooming houses, secondary suites, small apartments managed by individuals, and larger apartments managed by property management firms. Part of the strategy is to recruit landlords and assign tenants so that these clients do not need to compete with other applicants for housing vacancies. Non-market housing includes transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and some rooming houses and apartments.

A vital part of this strategy is bridging the income-to-rent ration, which is currently at equal to or less than 30% of gross income for individuals. Key features of our strategy are providing the necessary supports or guarantees to landlords to remove barriers to renting to homeless individuals. These features can include guarantees of steady income paid directly to the landlord, guaranteed repair of any tenant-caused damage, and the option for the landlord to deal directly with an individual’s case manager. The case manager would then resolve any behavioural or other issues, removing this obstacle for the landlord.

Housing options may also include shared accommodation which would require some assessment of roommate compatibility.

All options will consider location as it relates to the individual’s need to access public transportation, amenities, and support services.

Further, HFGS will urge each local government to work with Metro Vancouver and the Provincial Government to develop comprehensive affordable housing strategies for Port Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities.