WORKING TOWARDS A BRIGHTER FUTURE

At AHVIS, we’re raising community and social awareness related to the economic challenges, and consequences, we face today in a housing crisis. We promote initiatives that serve to fulfill the needs of people who find themselves displaced, in need of basic accommodation; a secure place to live. We’re focusing on low and modest income seniors, singles, other adults (especially service workers) and families. 

 

We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing today’s society. Join us! By supporting our efforts we can all make a measurable difference in the lives of others. 

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AFFORDABLE

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URBAN DENSIFICATION

Optimize land coverage by building higher density accommodations, especially related to walkability to employment centres and services, and near public transit.

 

LAND BANKING / LAND TRUST

In anticipation of future fluctuations in the economy, community land trusts (CLTs) make a long-term commitment to the preservation of lands and buildings that come under their care: preserving affordability; promoting sound maintenance and perpetuating the original mix of incomes and uses.

 

SOCIALIZED / COMMUNITY HOUSING

Residents, through a Cooperative Governance Model, would be encouraged to interact, take responsibility, create initiatives, and otherwise take an active role in the ongoing management of the project.

 

SHARED-HOUSING INITIATIVES

Provide long-term, affordable living solutions for high-density urban environments through AHVIS's partner providers. Please check out HappiPad, a great resource to finding a new home and perhaps a new family.

REDUCED RED-TAPE

Cities, Towns and Municipalities could waive DCC’s and permitting fees on affordable housing, reduce off-site costs and simplify design requirements.

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SUSTAINABLE

BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES

Environmentally-friendly, enduring, energy-conserving technologies: Use of prefabricated components: Structurally Insulated Panels (SIP’s); Wood and Hemp Biofiber blocks and panels, etc.

GREEN ENERGY

Solar DC for Electric and Hot water complemented with Wind Generators

WATER CONSERVATION

Rain Water Harvesting (including potable uses) and Recycled Grey Water irrigation systems.

DESIGN IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

Using passive-solar principles with a “permaculture approach” to the landscape.

FOOD SECURITY

The inclusion of food production areas: kitchen windows; balconies (Garden Towers); rooftops (gardens, greenhouses, solar aquaponics; yards, courtyards and street-scapes (landscaped with nut and fruit trees); plants/flowers for birds & pollinators.

 

COMMUNITY-ENHANCED USES
Support space for local entrepreneurs to provide services to residents & community - day care, Organic Food Market, deli-cafe-juice bar-coffee shop, innovative activities ..

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SECURE

A COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE MODEL

A mix of affordable and market-entry units in highly desirable urban settings. Co-op housing (apartment or townhouses - smaller suites or Tiny Homes) on AHVIS-run Land Bank / Trust on long-term leased lands.

 

PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Made available through out-sourced providers. Residents will be encouraged to interact, take responsibility, create initiatives, and participate in the maintenance management projects to help reduce overall management cost.

LOW INTEREST LOANS

a) Renter/owners - assisted with down payment by credit union involvement plus private investors seeking social ventures
b) Construction financing - through CMHC
c) Deferred tax credit and other models

TOP-DOWN INVESTMENT

Cities, Towns, Municipalities, Pension Funds, Credit Unions, Corporations and .. private Citizens would invest in sustainable development for a fair return on dollars invested along with an extraordinary return in social-capital.

 
 
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AN INTER-GENERATIONAL VILLAGE IN THE MAKING

AHVIS is seeking to partner with local landowners / farmers in the mid-Island area. Key to this partnership would be property zoning, an abundance of potable water, access to sanitary sewer and hydro. Follow this link: (AHVIS Landowner Proposal)
 

Here’s what our community could look like:
1. Administration & Apprentice Training Centre
2. Tent Structures for fabrication and assembly of homes
3. Lots for fixed and moveable tiny home structures
4. Village Centre with inter-generational housing
5. Workers' Parking
6. Designated recreational areas

 Community Amenities:
- Community Centre; Kitchen & Dining area, Library, Utility Room & Workshop, Entrepreneurial (business-for-self) offices that will be made available as rental spaces.
- Gardens; 20% of the land will be dedicated to gardens, 3-5% of which will be undercover greenhouses.
- Education; with plans to integrate all aspects of our community into the broader community, we promote onsite workshops; in permaculture, soil management and soil sciences and many healing alternative medical practices.
- Sustainability; with vision, careful thought and planning; the right people, the right energy and enthusiasm. We can do this!

The Tiny Home Village:
The Village would be comprised of a mix of units, some fixed and mortgageable, others portable - by owner financed, and transportable. To facilitate a pleasing ascetic values, color schemes will be applicable and unit screening, privacy and otherwise, will be agreed to. All accounting and legal details will be managed in accordance with best-practice accounting and legal practices, as well as from generative business commitments. Units can be customer designed, we encourage this, and / or we will provide a series of plan options that will marry well to planned ascetic beatify of the overall development.


** Units will ‘typically’ vary in size, one and two story, from 550 square feet to a maximum of 1100 square feet, much depending on zoning restrictions. 

** The 'Represented Plans' have been proposed and will be pursued. Many building sites are currently being considered and winner in the end will offer up the best possible solutions for all plan amenities and considerations.
 

 

Tiny-Homes Oceanside  - A Partnership in Community

A Bit of Background

Affordable Housing: Vancouver Island Society at a glance...

At AHVIS, we have a single goal; to do our part in providing affordable, sustainable, secure housing. We work with land banking/land trusts; innovative funding sources; wise use of eco-friendly building technologies; unique governance, management and maintenance models.

 
OUR TEAM

Daniel Duggan - danield@ahvis.org

Executive Director

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Daniel brings 40+ years of experience growing businesses in the areas of finance, technology, development and construction. An owner of design / build contracting companies and a partner in international construction and development firms, Daniel has great experience to share. As a past Board Member - Director with Habitat for Humanity Central Vancouver Island and an advocate of proactive change in these challenging times, Daniel has been a party to the re-creation of AHVIS, with the intent to create affordable, sustainable housing on Vancouver Island.

 

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Jan Hesseling - janh@ahvis.org

Business Development Manager

Jan is passionate about creating a better community for all Canadians. - Reference:

"THE EDEN CONCEPT"
"CAMPBELL RIVER - January 2019"

Jan Hesseling started his professional career in The Netherlands before he continued it in Canada since 2008. He is an experienced business consultant and management coach. He coached managers responsible for huge projects in a variety of Industries from Bridge Building, Construction, Railroad, IT, Oil Industry, etc., for more than 20 years.                             

Jan is passionate about introducing a solution to improve the housing situation for all Canadians.

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Arni Fullerton - arnif@ahvis.org

Project Planning: Advisor and Conceptual Design

As an Architectural Designer and Community Planner: Arni’s career has taken him around the world, from Europe to south-east Asia, south central America and the Caribbean. Arni holds a Bach. of Architecture from the University of Manitoba and participated on  the Planning Team  for the new City of Redditch near London, Eng.; with pivotal roles in the future of Calgary (consultant) and Edmonton Alberta (Director of Inner City Planning Dept.) and Sapporo Japan (Consultant). 

His Consulting roles also included planning /design of Inner City Neighbourhoods, smaller Town Centers, two Native Community Reserves, three Universities, Social Housing projects, Resort Hotels and Passive Solar homes. 

 

At this stage in Arni’s career he has emerged as a 'Community Pathfinder' who brings the best of the best to the fore in a world so in need of common-sense and practical, sustainable solutions.

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Helen Susanne Duggan - helend@ahvis.org

Community Outreach Coordinator

 

Helen Susanne Duggan is a Group Facilitator, Speaker, Researcher and Author. Attended UBC for four years majoring in Asian Studies.
Helen joined AHVIS in 2017 at its re-inception and has ever since been a strong advocate and supporter.

'Practical Solutions' are always at the fore of Helen’s thinking, embracing ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ as a go-to model: 'the principles and practices of supporting human health by putting basic needs first, to ensure community members of all ages flourish, thrive and create'.
Born and raised here on Central Vancouver Island. 'I envision a return to this island’s tradition of kindness, generosity and the true spirit of community in my vision for the future.

“We are never closer to God than when we are in the act of creating.” ~ John Bradshaw.

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Elaine Weidner - elaine@ahvis.org

Board Director - Strategic Planning

Elaine holds several professional and academic certificates: a teaching certification; an M.Ed in counselling (•adult education •career development •lifestyle change); an Executive Coaching Certification; and Business Management & Training, including Internet Marketing. Elaine also heads up a home-based business, Galatea Consulting, is a founding member of Transition Victoria, and is a participant on the StreetLife/ Neighbourhood Improvement/Climate Action Committees of a local Community Association. Elaine’s management and business skills are well suited to making community-based programs a success. It takes a solid structural and organizational understanding to bring ideas to life and Elaine is an expert at doing this. - Always an inspiration to the people she works with!

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Gerda Christensen - gerda@ahvis.org

Board Director - Community Living Advocacy

Gerda has a McMaster University B.A. in Psychology, and ten years of experience each as medical x-ray technician and Behaviour Therapist, along with four years of instructing at Vancouver Island University in Continuing Education. Her academic pursuits dovetail with her business acumen, developed during her decade as Business Manager in her husband's shared company: FM Christensen Metallurgical Consulting. Gerda’s passion for people-care and earth-care manifests in her work with the Arrowsmith Watersheds Society and coalesces in Affordable Housing and Tiny Homes communities: creating workable models of community for those committed to living in, working for, and creating affordably sustainable living that serves all in need.

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Al Kiverago - alk@ahvis.org

Past Board Director - Financial Specialist

Al Kiverago, founding member of AHVIS (Affordable Housing: Vancouver Island Society).

As a professional, Al was an AACI (Appraisal Institute of Canada) Accredited Mortgage and Real Estate Broker commercial / residential (now retired). Over the course of his career, forty plus years, Al worked across Canada for high profile companies like Crown Life and The Mortgage Group. Al Attended McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) where he majored in Economics and English.

Al's vision for AHVIS is to help improve the quality of life for lower income seniors on Vancouver Island.

 
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Affordable Housing is a regional issue which is inextricably tied to the economy of Vancouver Island.

 
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PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COMMUNITY

We welcome your participation.  As a volunteer outreach member you’ll become a valuable part of our Nonprofit Organization and help to strengthen our operation and further our mission.
 

Our Mission is to develop and build affordable, sustainable, secure communities for people of low or modest income; seniors, other adults (especially service workers) and families.

We partner with government, community organizations and individuals using a social investment model to provide real community benefits thereby generating sustainable returns for investors. Funds can be invested in AHVIS projects at an early stage of planning, during the development phase (and then repaid), or funds can be left in the project over time to provide interest income.  The loan can be redeemed once the project generates rental revenues.

Please contact us to discuss investment possibilities.

AHVIS is a registered charity, and as a registered charity, we can issue a tax receipt / tax credit. Our registration number is: 80383 6758 BC0001. We encourage donations. For cash donations of $50 or more we'll issue a tax receipt. Other ways to contribute: gifts-in-kind (property or other items), bequests and / or anything of value. At AHVIS, we encourage multiple levels of participation and welcome inquires. Please feel free to drop us a note; info@ahvis.org

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