About this Award Winning Research
This research focuses on lower-income households that can’t afford to live in transit-oriented communities.
The Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing (TOAH) Study is the first regional study to analyze the spatial relationship between affordable rental housing and transit.
The study provides important information on the challenges and opportunities of developing affordable rental housing close to transit. This research is useful to:
- land use, housing and transportation planners
- non‐profit and market developers
- investors and policymakers from all levels of government
The Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Study builds on Metro Vancouver’s Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study .
The first phase of the study was completed in November 2017. It examined:
Phase 2 focused on solutions was completed in 2019. It included examining:
Planning has started for Phase 3 of the Study. Phase 3 will look at:
✔Housing and transportation are the highest expenses for most households.
✔Emerging and future rapid transit corridors should have the capacity for affordable rental housing.
✔Costs of housing and transportation can be up to 2/3 of lower income renters’ pre‐tax household income.
✔New opportunities and partnerships are available when housing and transportation are studied together. (Involve a diversity of stakeholders with experience in land use, housing and transit planning, land trust development, and other relevant areas.)