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Brunch for the Housing Crunch 2017!

Posted on June 1, 2017

Serving up brunch for a good cause! Brunch for the Housing Crunch is back for a fourth year, generously hosted by the Crooked Goose Bistro. A portion of all brunch and lunch sales served over the weekend of June 24-25 will be donated to the Greater Victoria Housing Society. With a special thank you to Steve and Gina Watson, proprietors of the Crooked Goose, for their generous support!

Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 2017

9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Crooked Goose Bistro, 4136 Wilkinson Road (at Interurban)

Reservations strongly recommended | Please call 250-590-4556

For more information, contact Kathy at 250-384-3434, ext. 34 or at See you there!

Townley Lodge back on track after open house

Posted on March 20, 2017

Saanich News caught up with Kaye Melliship, GVHS Executive Director, following the March 14 Open House at Townley Lodge:

“As a result of the positive response we are proceeding to architectural and engineering design so that we can submit a rezoning application. We hope to go to [committee of the whole] in September, with [public hearing] in October or November and final reading early in 2018.”

You can read the full article here:  Saanich News

Townley Lodge Open House | March 14, 2017

Posted on March 2, 2017

Victoria Real Estate Investment Expo 2017

Posted on February 24, 2017

The inaugural Victoria Real Estate Investment Expo takes place on Saturday, March 11 at the Crystal Garden. We are delighted to be the charitable partner of this exciting new event in town! You can find more information about the Expo here:

The short promotional video, below, is worth a watch. With many thanks to Shaw TV South Vancouver Island for this Community Spotlight moment!

Shaw-TV Community Spotlight

More encouraging news about Townley Lodge proposed redevelopment

Posted on February 15, 2017

“Townley Lodge down to a pair of options for redevelopment” — Saanich News

You can read the full article, here:

Townley Lodge Update!

Posted on February 6, 2017

Join us at an Open House for an update about the proposed redevelopment of Townley Lodge. Details below. We’d love to see you there!

Stalled Townley housing project back on track

Posted on January 20, 2017

Saanich News reports that the Townley Lodge redevelopment project is experiencing a “major revival”, which is good news, indeed! Read the full article here:

Optimism high for stalled affordable housing project in Saanich

Posted on January 9, 2017

Greater Victoria Housing Society Executive Director, Kaye Melliship, spoke with Katherine Dedyna of the Times Colonist about the redevelopment of Townley Lodge.  “We would definitely like to continue to have a development on the Townley site if we can get approval for a project that makes economic sense…we remain optimistic that we can make something work.”

Click here for full article


“Hemming & Hawing on Housing”

Posted on November 30, 2016

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s weekly BizNews [November 23, 2016] featured an opinion piece titled, “Hemming & Hawing on Housing”.  It is well worth a read, especially as we work to ramp up the number of affordable housing units across Greater Victoria.  The article reads as follows:

Hemming & Hawing on Housing  

The Chamber is hearing of non-profits with the money and land to provide affordable housing are struggling with rezoning approvals that involve intensive public engagement incurring high redesign costs as well as lengthy project delays.  In short, municipal councils are allowing the loud minority to slow the creation of new housing supply and needed amenities, overlooking the benefit affordable housing has on community vibrancy, local businesses, and municipal revenue generation.  

In July, we heard that the Townley Place, one of the buildings managed by the Greater Victoria Housing Society (GVHS), would receive a major rebuild to nearly double its ability to house seniors and low-income families. The federal government was expected to assist with funding for the project, enabling lower rental costs downstream. The GVHS conducted extensive consultation with the neighborhood, and consequently amended its plans based on their input.

In November, Saanich council voted to unanimously postpone a public hearing on the redevelopment of Townley Place after some residents spoke against the project’s increased density. The delay has put federal funding in jeopardy and has consequently left GVHS questioning whether the project will move forward at all.

“Local business owners and leaders are increasingly concerned about the scarcity of affordable housing – private and subsidized – available to our workforce, particularly to those earning low to moderate incomes,” said Chamber CEO Catherine Holt. “Municipal processes must help us address the problem – not become part of it.”


Pledge The Home Runners!

Posted on October 6, 2016

We are so grateful to be one of 19 charities taking part in the GoodLife Fitness Marathon’s Charity Pledge Program, this Thanksgiving weekend, here in beautiful Victoria, BC! Please pledge your support for The Home Runners, in support of affordable housing. You can support an individual runner, or support the entire team. Simply click here:

Pledge The Home Runners!

Thank you!