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What is the Housing Solutions Lab?

Housing options such as home sharing, secondary suites and coach/laneway houses have excellent potential to offer scalable solutions to three urgent and critical challenges: housing supply and affordability, carbon emissions and older adults’ health.  

SFU Renewable Cities and Hollyburn Community Services Society partnered to launch the Housing Solutions Lab. The lab focuses on increasing the uptake of different housing options such as home sharing, secondary suites and coach/laneway houses by solo and couple older adults (age 55+) living in single-detached houses on Vancouver’s North Shore. The aim of the lab is to design and prototype scalable solutions, unlock implementation pathways, address barriers and encourage replication of these solutions across B.C. and Canada.

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The Housing Solutions Lab was generously supported through funding contributions from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Vancity and was catalyzed with support from North Family Foundation

“The Seniors Hidden Housing Solutions to Affordability and Climate Change received funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the NHS Solutions Labs, however, the views expressed are the personal views of the author and CMHC accepts no responsibility for them.” 

«Seniors Hidden Housing Solutions to Affordability and Climate Change » a reçu du financement de la Société canadienne d’hypothèques et de logement (SCHL) en vertu du les laboratoires des solutions de la SNL Cependant, les opinions exprimées sont les opinions personnelles de l’auteur et la SCHL n’accepte aucune responsabilité à l’égard de telles opinions. » 


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