Past Meetup

Affordable Housing: How do we address this growing crisis in the Tri-Cities?

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Please join us for an evening of intimate ‘table discussions,’ facilitated by some of our community’s finest housing advocates.

Bring your questions, ideas and solutions to the table.

Read ahead if you can – Coquitlam’s Housing Affordability Strategy framework can be found here:

Affordable housing is a nationwide issue, particularly in urban areas. What are the causes? What are the solutions? What are the implications?

Canada has moved away from building and investing in affordable housing. Instead, a subsidy program now exists.

According to the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations, the real and current housing problem in Canada is not the supply of housing; rather, it is the fact that some households cannot afford their housing. They have trouble paying for clothing, for food and for housing. Perhaps what low-income citizens are facing is an income problem, not a housing problem.

Income levels in the upper quintile have increased exponentially while those in lower quintiles have remained stagnant. The rising inequality gap presents a significant challenge for Canadian households who are priced out of rental and ownership housing markets.

Looking forward to meeting with you and hearing what our community advocates have to share to get the conversations going.

Sandy Burpee has chaired the Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group since December 2006. Previously, he was the founding chair of the Fraser-Burrard Community Justice Society (now the CERA society), a restorative justice program for youth, as well as the Tri-Cities Housing Coalition. Sandy was Volunteer Lead at SHARE’s Coquitlam food bank depot for 10 years ending last May, and has been a member of Coquitlam Search & Rescue since 2006.

Sandy retired from a career with BC Hydro in 2004 in generating and substation maintenance and operation, has two grown children and lives with his wife of 43 years, Cathy, in Coquitlam.

Carol Metz Murray has provided leadership to Tri-City Transitions Society since 2004, working to strengthen family and community by breaking the cycles of abuse. She has worked with governments, not-for-profits and small business, creating and implementing sustainable strategies for business growth and service excellence. She is a former City Manager for local governments in the Yukon, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and a past first-vice president of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce. She had the distinct pleasure of working with governments in the Ukraine and Russia to establish a property taxation framework after the fall of the USSR.

Carol is also a leadership empowerment coach, an international author and speaker, and mom and grandmother to four children and 10 grandchildren, respectively.

Chris Wilson will graciously join us again as one of his current passions includes housing affordability. Having "wrestled" his way through the 1992 Olympics and two World Cup championships, Chris now 'fights' for what makes his community great by representing the City of Coquitlam as a councillor. He is council representative to the Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group, and the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable. He is also the part-time Executive Director of KidSport Tri-Cities, Coordinator of the Operation Red Nose ‘Safe Ride Home Service’ and a 2012 SHARE Volunteer of the year.

As a resident of Port Moody, active in her parish, Yolanda Broderick started an outreach initiative for SHARE Food Bank clients that involves an annual Thanksgiving dinner at Como Lake United Church, where Yolanda and her team help to feed over 100 clients and their families in the Tri-Cities. For the past seven years, Yolanda has volunteered with the Bridge Shelter (MAT) program and is currently fundraising for the Habitat for Humanity Women Build. She is also a member of the Soroptimist International of the TriCities, an association of women supporting women and young teens. The group recently opened their doors to help victims of the Coquitlam fire.

The venue, Gallery Bistro, will serve a vegetarian set menu (with/without meat option), along with a lighter fare. Please call[masked] if you are interested in ordering food and/or require a gluten-free meal.

IMPORTANT: In an effort to respect all our members and promote healthy living, we have designated Tri-City Greendrinks a SCENT-FREE ZONE. See for more details.