Moderator: Andrea Cupelli, Coordinator - Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness

Panelists:

- Raymond Kwong, Provincial Director - BC Housing Hub
- Candace Koo, Affordable Housing Consultant – CMHC
- Cheeying Ho – Whistler Centre for Sustainability
- Jada Basi, Manager of Housing and Community Planning – CitySpaces Consulting

Donations are being accepted at the door in lieu of a registration fee - Proceeds will be donated to the Connect drop-in Program ( suggest amount $10.00)

What is the Connect Program?

The focus of the Connect drop-in program is to build a sense of self-sufficiency and a sense of belonging for homeless or at-risk individuals.

The program achieves this by providing access to social connection, literacy and education opportunities, referrals to community agencies, as well as food, housing and living supports. The program operates on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons at the Courtenay Public Library in their community meeting room.

Description:

Affordable housing is on many Comox Valley employers’ minds. The lack of appropriate and affordable housing options across the spectrum have created some serious challenges for employers and employees alike.

Comox Valley Economic Development Society and the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness (Coalition) are collaborating to hold this event to look at best practices, key learnings, including highlighting examples of employee housing solutions from other communities, to understand steps regions have taken to address similar challenges. The session will also assist in the development of the new Innovate 2030 Regional Comox Valley Economic Development Strategic Plan currently being compiled.

This is an opportunity for local employers, developers, municipal planners, elected officials, Coalition members and anyone interested in how the area can support improved housing opportunities for employees wishing to relocate here, as well as those who want to continue to work in the community they love.

The morning will consist of a panel presentation and moderated Q&A and opportunity to dialogue and express concerns, suggest ideas, and to network and engage.