Small-scale homesharing is in the spotlight.
And it’s growing rapidly, according to a new report.
It’s here,” said Susan Stolte, president and CEO of the nonprofit Homeshipping Resource Center.
She said the growth is a “positive sign” for the industry.
We have seen this growth for a long time.
It is not new and it is not limited to one geographic area.
The number of homesharers who say they are homeshoused is up from about 10 per cent in 2015 to about 17 per cent today, according the report.
The growth in the number of small homeshippers is the result of a broader shift away from traditional living in many communities.
People are renting.
They are moving into bigger spaces, and they are renting for shorter periods of time, rather than staying at home longer, said Stoltes.
Smaller homes are also starting to move in larger numbers, especially to bigger cities.
That’s what is going on in Vancouver, she said.
It’s a trend that will continue.
“There’s a whole new generation of people coming to Vancouver, and so the demand is there for the houses,” Stolts said.
She said there are already homeshapers in Vancouver and other cities, including Toronto.
“People are moving from small communities to cities.
The homes are coming in larger and larger sizes.”
“I think that it’s going to continue to be a part of our economy for the next 30 years,” said St. John’s Mayor Michael Coteau.
As more homeshared people move to smaller cities, they are starting to create new communities, such as the B.C. community of Bancroft, where about 60 houses are homes.
Coteaus office, which is focused on housing and the environment, has created a program to assist homesharer families in creating new homes.
He said the city has also seen a boom in homeownership, with more than 1,000 homeownership units added in the past 12 months.
“We’re seeing the benefits of housing,” he said.
“We have people who can’t live in a place that’s too large for them.
So they’re moving into a community that’s smaller, smaller, and smaller.”
Coteau said the City of Vancouver’s housing strategy, which was launched in 2015, will help communities in the region to build new homes and create more affordable housing.
“The key to the strategy is that it builds on what’s already there,” he added.
“I think we can build a more resilient city.”