Series GR-3634 - Community housing initiatives development case files

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Community housing initiatives development case files

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  • 1946 - 2003 (Creation)
    British Columbia Housing Management Commission

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9.3 m of textual records and other material

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The British Columbia Housing Management Commission (BCHMC) was constituted a body corporate and politic, pursuant to section 11 of the Housing Act, by order in council 3746/67, approved December 8, 1967, and published as B.C. Reg. 76/68.

The mandate of BCHMC continued to be provided under the British Columbia Ministry Of Lands, Parks and Housing Act (RSBC 1996 Chap. 307). This mandate was to provide affordable housing to British Columbians by developing, administering and managing social housing throughout the province.

At the end of 1975, the commission had a portfolio of 6,845 units. The federal/provincial rent supplement program for tenants in government-owned, and non-profit housing projects was also administered by the Commission.

The chairman of the Board of Directors at that time was the Minister of Housing.

In 1976-1977, the British Columbia Housing Management Commission was one of three agencies under the jurisdiction of the Department of Housing. The other two were Dunhill Development Corporation Limited, and the British Columbia Housing Corporation. Acquired on January 10, 1974, Dunhill's prime responsibility was the assembly and servicing of land for housing developments. The crown corporation had four divisions: Land Development Division, Property Management Division, Operations Division, Marketing Division. The main purpose of the British Columbia Housing Corporation was to enable the Province to make use of federal funding with respect to rental housing units operated by the provincial government throughout B.C.

Prior to 1967 when the British Columbia Housing Management Commission was established, some functions of BCHMC regarding public/social housing were carried out under programs funded by the Provincial Secretary.

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The series consists of records which document the provincial government’s activities to support social housing initiatives in localities throughout B.C.

The records relate to the evaluation and processing of applications or proposals received from non-profit sponsors and community housing centres who are requesting funds through grants to develop housing. Community housing initiatives development case files include the proposal or request for a new initiative, and the development, evaluation and on-going administration of new and existing initiatives.

Accession 90-1882 consists of files concerning housing for seniors; in particular, this includes seniors housing projects undertaken by sponsoring societies together with private lenders. The subject matter includes government approvals of the housing projects, and government funding for land acquisition, design, and construction.

Record types include but are not limited to: correspondence, building plans, subdivision plans, financial statements for societies, applications for grants for housing projects, black and white photographs, and news clippings.

The records document the development, implementation, evaluation and on-going administration of subsidized housing programs operated by government and government partnerships, community housing initiatives and tenant support services.

The records were created over a long span of time from 1946 to 2003, and include files created and received by the Office of the Provincial Secretary and Deputy Provincial Secretary, in a time period when the function of supporting sponsors of existing and proposed elderly citizen’s housing fell under the jurisdiction of that government department.

Other departments or ministries responsible included the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing.

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Transferred from the British Columbia Housing Management Commission 2016-11-30


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Accession number(s): 90-1882

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