Our vision for Affordable Housing is that everyone in the Cowichan has the opportunity to live in safe, affordable, culturally appropriate housing as a foundation for a healthy community.
The Affordable Housing Cowichan (AHC) acts as an umbrella organization coordinating and providing a host of services, programs, and projects that are best provided through a central organization serving the entire region and ensuring the coordination, rather than duplication, of services. CRAHA works to improve affordable housing at all levels of the housing continuum but homelessness and prevention of homelessness are a primary focus.
Innovation – Inclusion - Transparency – Sustainability – Accountability
· We commit to being an innovative, creative, dynamic, and effective organization.
· We commit to using clear, simple language in our communication.
· We believe that having a right to stable secure accessible affordable housing is foundational to healthy individuals, families and communities.
· We commit to achieving the four pillars of sustainability* through accountability, transparency, integrity, and inclusivity.
· We support the construction of responsible, sustainable housing.
· We value community engagement in the creation of affordable housing.
1. Be a coordinating body for affordable housing resources and services in the Cowichan Region.
2. Establish and administer the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
3. Support existing efforts to provide affordable housing services plus implement and coordinate additional services as need arises and resources are available.
4. Facilitate the creation of affordable housing units with community partners.
5. Raise awareness and advocate on behalf of affordable housing residents to landlords, governments, agencies, and the public and provide education around affordable housing issues.
6. Partner with other affordable housing agents (local govt, developers, community agencies, First Nations, etc.) to effectively support and implement projects.
* We acknowledge the four pillars of sustainability as social equity, economic health, cultural vitality, and environmental responsibility. We recognize that community building calls for a “whole systems” perspective that builds on the resources and skills of the community as the foundation for our work and creates greater resiliency for meeting our needs now and in the future.