Vancouver council tackles affordable housing

Courtyard Village in Vancouver, Feb. 23, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Courtyard Village in Vancouver, Feb. 23, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — The issue of affordable housing made its way to the Vancouver City Council Monday as one council member said property owner’s right must be balanced with the rights of the tenants.

Affordable housing advocates said demand for rental property is surging, and when you’re on a limited income and get forced out it becomes an even bigger problem.

That’s what happened to some residents at Courtyard Village in December. Renovations to apartments were going to be done by the new owners, but that meant many tenants had to move, and move quickly.

The council spent about an hour listening to the issues around affordable housing.

Vancouver council member Alisha Topper said when low-income people are forced to move the burden falls on the community and social services sector.

“We should respect the rights of property owners but we also need to look out for the citizens who are being negatively impacted and what kind of social burden that puts on our community,” Topper said.

There was no word on what or when any action would be taken.

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