A Race-Based Approach to Housing Vancouver

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This study examines the City of Vancouver’s Housing Vancouver Strategy 2018–2027. It measures its design and associated actions against racialized housing data trends and literature to determine if the strategy by design can make significant progress toward closing racial housing gaps. The study draws on recent literature, census data, and data from municipal housing service providers. The evidence indicates that the Housing Vancouver Strategy has several promising actions to close racial housing inequalities in the local housing market. However, there are also ways in which it may unintentionally do nothing or even worsen racial housing gaps. Area for action includes collecting and disclosing race-based housing data and developing targeted racialized housing programs for Arab, Black, and Latin American residents. These actions are alongside the City, ensuring that existing settlement programs have more significant outreach to racialized newcomers to Canada.