The University Community on Campus – UBC’s Housing Action Plan is part of the University’s overall strategy for academic excellence and sustainability leaderships, integrating the responsible management of our land base with these goals. Key elements of the Plan to improve housing choice and affordability for faculty and staff include:
- Up to 30% of future housing will be restricted housing options exclusively for faculty and staff to help UBC build a vibrant and sustainable residential community.
- Up to 30% of future housing on campus will be rental.
- Up to 2/3 of new rental housing on campus will be restricted to faculty and staff.
- Within this restricted rental, UBC is piloting a non-profit rental program of up to 100 units intended for staff with a household income of less than $64,000 a year.
- Up to one in seven (14%) future lease-hold units on campus will be restricted home ownership for tenure and tenure-track faculty.
- The eligibility for the faculty assistance program will be extended from 7 years to 10 years.
- Building a wide range of unit sizes from smaller ‘starter’ suites to units suitable for single or 2-person households, and 3-bedroom units for families.
- Provide preferential and early access for faculty and staff to purchase new units before they are released for sale to the general public
An important part of the Plan is that it establishes that housing developed under the new programs will remain as faculty/staff housing in perpetuity, benefitting current and future generations of UBC employees.
Key elements of the Plan to improve housing choice and affordability for students include:
- Reaffirms UBC’s commitment in the Vancouver Campus Plan to provide the capacity to build enough student housing for 50% of the 2010 full-time student population.
- Develop Gage South for 12 month student housing with priority for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
- An advocacy strategy to increase the shelter allowance in the student loan program.
- Continuation of limiting rental rates based on a self-supporting, fully cost-recovery basis and operate in a fiscally responsible fashion to ensure rates are maintained at or below market rental rates.
- Introduction of new community-building programs for graduate students, similar to those in undergraduate residences.
UBC in consultation with UBCPT will explore options for a management interface to manage UBC’s faculty/staff restricted housing programs (including description of roles and responsibilities, staffing plan, budget and funding etc.).
Finally, in response to the interest expressed by the university community in co-operative and co-housing, UBC will establish a working group with faculty, staff, students and UNA representatives to investigate and monitor opportunities to build community on campus. UBC will also explore how community building 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).