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IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU COMPLETE THIS SURVEY

 
Following are some of the conditions on Gabriola that may need to be considered in finding appropriate solutions to increase housing options on the island:

  • A number of Gabriolans are homeless, and they may need specific types of housing as well as other supports and services
  • 9% of Gabriola’s housing stock is in need of major repairs
  • Housing affordability is a serious issue on Gabriola, especially for people who rent
  • More than half of renters and about 1/5th of owners are paying more than 30% of their incomes on housing costs
  • About one-quarter of Gabriolans – including 40% of children and 30% of working-age adults – are living on low incomes
  • Low income households on Gabriola would be challenged to afford a rental unit within 30% of their monthly income, and home ownership is out-of-reach for the majority of the low-income households, including couples families.
  • There may be a need for housing options for families of three or more people
  • There may be a need for housing options beyond the single-family dwellings that make up the vast majority of Gabriola’s housing stock
  • We don’t know how many homes are used for seasonal rentals or are unoccupied, and how many are available for full-year residency
  • Currently there is no affordable housing strategy for Gabriola

More detail about housing need on Gabriola is available here: https://gabriolahousingmatters.ca/gabriola-housing-matters-homepage/housing-background/