Do you too want to build on City-owned (public) land: VAHA deadline extended to May 7

vancouver-affordable-housing-agency-logoOriginally set at April 30, 2015, the deadline for requests for qualifications (RFQ) from real estate development and construction management companies has been extended to May 7. Since this initiative by the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) involves the use of large amounts of public land, we believe a healthy level of public scrutiny is warranted. We have still not received any response to our article “Complete silence: Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency’s response on land speculation, housing market and vacancies” (April 24, 2015).

It is a serious concern that although this Agency is purportedly handling the disposal/utilization of precious public assets, no information is available to the public about who its directors are. Nearly a year has passed since VAHA was created. The CEO has failed to respond to our inquiries. Public scrutiny of all the processes is highly recommended regarding who is involved in the organization, and exactly how decisions are made in the coming months.

For interested parties, and for posterity, we provide below the text from the VAHA top page.


Get pre-qualified to develop affordable housing on city land

The housing agency seeks responses to a request for qualifications (RFQ) from interested partners with experience in real estate development and construction management.

The RFQ process will result in a shortlist of pre-qualified partners to work with the housing agency to develop affordable housing on lands owned by the City.

Pre-qualified partners will be able to participate in requests for proposal (RFP) for specific development opportunities on City-owned lands over the next two years, with a possible one-year extension. Over that period of time, the housing agency and the development partners selected through the RFP process will help about 1,000 affordable housing units get developed.

Learn about VAHA and the RFQ

Register your interest in the RFQ

To register interest in the RFQ and receive the RFQ document, email the housing agency at from your corporate email.

An extension to the deadline has been granted from April 30 to May 7, 2015 at 12:00 noon to enable respondents to complete their submissions.

The following amendment form must be signed by the authorized signatory for the respondent. It is to be submitted with the response to ensure that the respondent has received the notification of the amendment.

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Contact the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency’s Chief Executive Officer

Mukhtar Latif
Chief Executive Officer
Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency

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Last modified: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:00:59

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