Housing Needs Report

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Please Note: The online engagement activities closed on August 16th, 2020.

Thank you for your contributions! They will serve as a key source of information in the final report.


We want to hear from you about the housing needs and gaps in each community.

The RDKB is in the process of completing a housing needs assessment that will help us better understand our current and future housing needs. The resulting Housing Needs Report will be used as a foundation for planning and decision-making for at least the next five years. The final report will address both the RDKB's region-wide context, as well as contain distinct individual sections for each member municipality and electoral area.

A key part of the assessment process involves hearing from community members (that’s you!) and we need your help. In light of the required social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are asking you to engage with us virtually.

Help us learn more by filling out the Survey, placing pins to Map the Need and Tell Your Housing Story below. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences about housing in your community.

Complete the survey and be entered into a draw for recreation passes including:

  • 10 chances to win a pickleball entry level kit with 2 paddles and 2 balls
  • 5 chances to win 1-hour ice rental at the Fruitvale Arena
  • 5 chances to win a family punch pass with 10 admissions to the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre

Should you require assistance to complete the survey, we are happy to fill it out on your behalf over the phone. Contact Kevin from CitySpaces Consulting at kgreen@cityspaces.ca for assistance and we will follow up with a phone call if necessary.

Thank you for taking part!


Please Note: The online engagement activities closed on August 16th, 2020.

Thank you for your contributions! They will serve as a key source of information in the final report.


We want to hear from you about the housing needs and gaps in each community.

The RDKB is in the process of completing a housing needs assessment that will help us better understand our current and future housing needs. The resulting Housing Needs Report will be used as a foundation for planning and decision-making for at least the next five years. The final report will address both the RDKB's region-wide context, as well as contain distinct individual sections for each member municipality and electoral area.

A key part of the assessment process involves hearing from community members (that’s you!) and we need your help. In light of the required social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are asking you to engage with us virtually.

Help us learn more by filling out the Survey, placing pins to Map the Need and Tell Your Housing Story below. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences about housing in your community.

Complete the survey and be entered into a draw for recreation passes including:

  • 10 chances to win a pickleball entry level kit with 2 paddles and 2 balls
  • 5 chances to win 1-hour ice rental at the Fruitvale Arena
  • 5 chances to win a family punch pass with 10 admissions to the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre

Should you require assistance to complete the survey, we are happy to fill it out on your behalf over the phone. Contact Kevin from CitySpaces Consulting at kgreen@cityspaces.ca for assistance and we will follow up with a phone call if necessary.

Thank you for taking part!


Tell us your housing story!

Please Note: The online engagement activities closed on August 16th, 2020. 

Do you have a story to tell about housing? 

Tell us about both the challenges and successes for you, your neighbours, or your community. Maybe you are lucky to have found the housing you have. Maybe you notice a certain group, like seniors or families, are in particular need.

Your story will help us to understand the current housing situation in the region, and will be available for other people in our region to see.

Feel free to type, upload photos or even videos to share your story how you like. This is your chance to tell us your story, your way.

Please note: The stories you post will be publicly available, should you want to share a housing story privately for consideration in the assessment you can contact Kevin at CitySpaces Consulting - kgreen@cityspaces.ca

Thank you for sharing your story with us!

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    no housing for youth

    by Victoria, about 2 months ago

    One of my roles is a youth support worker. I work with many youth that have involvement with MCFD. Unfortunately because there are no available places to rent these youth fall thru the cracks even when they have a guaranteed income with a YAG. But they can not receive the YAG if they do not have a residence.

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    How can a community meet the housing needs of it's citizens when City Hall disregard the rules?

    by Carolina , about 2 months ago

    We purchased our lots in Greenwood in 2015. The previous owner of the property was granted approval for a subdivision from a larger 1 acre property in 2012 creating two additional lots with the sewer line coming off an existing sewer main on the street at the front lot line. The property was listed as serviced. We were expecting the sewer to be made available; however the City of Greenwood refused to honor the approval and insisted on a different proposal with all sorts of unforeseen costs and other impacts. After putting a sewer in to the new location that... Continue reading

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    Need for FAmily Friendly Rentals

    by jessica, 3 months ago

    My story has two parts, avaiability and quality of the rental units in the area.

    I moved into a two bedroom for my son and I in 2016, he turned 1 in this home and we lived there until he turned 4. We were happy with our landlord but in 2020 she sold the house and we received a notice of eviction from our new landlord. At the time we had a dog and a cat so finding another two bedroom that would accept pets was tough but we did find one. We knew upon signing the lease that it... Continue reading

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    When the time comes to downsize

    by Marie, 3 months ago

    I live in a rural setting just outside of Trail. Most of my neighbours are retired and we are all enjoying the community at present. As we age, our homes and properties will become a burden that we may not be able to sustain. However, at present, there are no options for us to downsize. Ideally, purchasing a condo in downtown Trail would be the best solution so that we have homes that we still own but that require less upkeep and are within easy distance of all the services and amenities that independent seniors require. Unfortunately, there are no... Continue reading

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    Senior living in Grand Forks

    by Thelma Robb, 3 months ago

    We were living in our travel trailer during the 2018 flood and were forced to relocate. July 2018 my husband passed away and now it was just me living with a single oap/cpp income. Prior to December 2019 I had to have friends move my trailer as I had to relocate at least six times. I finally ended up living in the parking lot of the Grand Forks First Baptist church thanks to Pastor John Siemens. I was very happy to have power and sewer but I still had to pack water from the basement of the Church and I... Continue reading

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    Seniors living in Genelle.

    by Mrs. O, 3 months ago

    We moved to Genelle when we retired. We needed a one story home and were lucky to find one. The price was much higher than we expected. We do have fantastic neighbours and love the community. We are active volunteers and enjoy community events.

    I do find the cost of living to be very high with taxes and water/garbage service. Our road snow removal was not good last year. Our cul-de-sac was blocked for days.

    We came from a BC community that had great seniors discounts. We want to live independently and could use some financial breaks. Please offer seniors... Continue reading

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    Living with a mental health disability in poverty

    by Rae-Lynne Dicks, 4 months ago

    I am very lucky to have found my home here in Grand Forks. I am in a good neighbourhood with nice neighbours and my suite is a reasonable size - meaning enough space for me and in reasonable condition. However, I am a person with a mental health disability; I have PTSD as a result of my years of service as a first responder. I have many triggers (audible) and therefore could not live comfortably within a standard BC Housing complex (too many people within a small area = conflicts, noise, and instability) or even within an apartment/condo building. I... Continue reading

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    My children, without homes.

    by Jo White , 4 months ago

    During the past 5 years, living in the RDKB, my family and I have had a constant battle to find suitable, affordable, housing. The cost of rent does not reflect the incomes in this region. I believe the Region needs to put in place " Need to Reside" to keep our housing affordable. We have employment but due to rental costs, rental units being sold and no place to move to we have been forced to live in disgusting unkept units. Having to clean rat , mouse and many other critters droppings, to be able to move in, plus knee... Continue reading