The University Community on Campus – UBC’s Housing Action Plan will be rolled out over time and programs will be reviewed regularly to ensure they continue to meet the needs of our faculty, staff and students in the context of changing market conditions and changing demand.
The implementation of the Plan includes the following target timelines:
Faculty and Staff Programs
- Prepare the necessary changes to the current Housing Assistance Program to extend program eligibility to 10 years from date of appointment to UBC.
- Work with UBC Properties Trust and the development industry to develop and test a process that would allow faculty and staff to receive early, preferential access to purchase a lease on campus before new units are release to the general public (e.g. develop process and incorporate into UBCPT tender documents and developer leases).
Faculty and Staff Programs
- Establish a housing priority committee chaired by the Provost or delegate with input from deans to develop and recommend policies around how faculty housing will be allocated.
- UBC, in consultation with UBC Properties Trust will develop templates of sales and lease agreements for restricted home ownership incorporating necessary provisions addressing eligibility, occupancy requirements and criteria, entitlements for surviving spouse/partners, inheritance, and maintenance and repair obligations among other factors. UBC will invite representatives from each faculty to participate in the development of these policies.
- UBC Human Resources to consider a “whole life” recruitment process for faculty.
- Work with UBC Properties Trust to develop the non-profit rental pilot project on campus with priority to staff with annual household incomes of less than $64,000 with shelter costs geared to no more than 30% of gross income.
- Work with UBC Properties Trust to develop a transparent formula to determine rents in restricted rental housing.
- UBC, in consultation with UBC Properties Trust, will explore and report back to the Board of Governors on a recommended management interface to manage UBC’s faculty/staff restricted housing programs (including description of roles and responsibilities, staffing plan, budget and funding etc.).
- Work with Graduate Student Society to develop additional community building initiatives and opportunities for graduate students.
2012-2014: Timelines TBD
- Establish a working group with faculty, staff, students and UNA representatives to investigate and monitor opportunities to build community on campus.
- Explore principles around co-housing and how they could be implemented in a variety of ways in the built form and community programming. (e.g. park and community centre programming, food co-ops, or through shared recreation and/or social facilities in buildings).
- Develop an advocacy strategy to encourage senior governments to increase the shelter portion of the student loan for students at the Vancouver campus.