VANCOUVER – The B.C. government has committed $65 million to support the purchase and renovation of 364 units of affordable rental housing for low-to moderate-income individuals with mental-health or substance-use issues.
The 18 projects will be operated by partner non-profit societies in each community.
“Providing stable housing is an important part of supporting those with mental health and substance abuse issues,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing. “This increase in housing is an example of the importance of partnership between the province, non-profit housing providers and communities.”
The investment comes as part of the new Mental Health Housing program, announced earlier in 2017, in which the Province committed $50 million in 2016-17 towards acquisitions and $15 million in 2017-18 towards renovations to create new housing for people with mental-health or substance-use challenges.
With this investment, the Province has committed a total of $920 million to support the acquisition, construction and renovation of almost 5,300 housing units throughout B.C.
- Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested or committed to a total of $6.3 billion to provide affordable housing supply and access for low income individuals, seniors and families.
- More than 104,000 B.C. households benefit from a diverse range of provincial housing programs and services.
- Since 2001, the Province has completed close to 24,000 new units of affordable housing.
To learn more about the Province's actions on housing affordability, visit: housingaffordability.gov.bc.ca
Factsheet on mental-health services and supports in B.C.: https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/factsheet-comprehensive-mental-health-and-substance-use-services-in-bc
To view the new mental-health digital hub, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/mentalhealth
Two backgrounders follow.
Community breakdown of projects approved for $65 million
Vancouver Coastal Region – 8 projects / 72 units
- Richmond – 1 project / 9 units / $188,000
- Squamish – 1 project / 9 units / $1.6 million
- Vancouver – 6 projects / 54 units / $9.7 million
Fraser Region – 4 projects / 30 units
- Chilliwack – 1 project / 5 units / $681,000
- New Westminster – 2 projects / 17 units / $5 million
- Surrey – 1 project / 8 units / $2.2 million
Vancouver Island – 2 projects / 92 units
- Campbell River – 1 project / 40 units / $5.1 million
- Victoria – 1 projects / 52 units / $9.3 million
Northern Region – 2 projects / 74 units
- Prince George – 1 project / 30 units / $1.2 million
- Prince Rupert – 1 project / 44 units / $3.9 million
Interior Region – 2 projects / 96 units
- Kamloops – 1 project / 42 units / $6.5 million
- Penticton – 1 project / 54 units / $4.5 million
Examples of mental-health housing projects
Campbell River – M’akola Housing Society
Located at 340 South Island Hwy., the Travelodge Campbell River was purchased for approximately $5.1 million to provide 40 units of housing for low-income individuals, individuals who are homeless or are at-risk of homelessness and for people who suffer from mental-health and substance-abuse issues. It will be owned and operated by M’akola Housing Society.
Surrey – MPA Society
Eight studio and one-bedroom apartments in three buildings in Surrey were purchased for a total of approximately $2.2 million to provide housing for individuals with mental health issues and history of chronic homelessness. The units will be owned and operated by MPA Society.
Vancouver – Chrysalis Society
A six-bedroom house in Vancouver (address confidential) has been purchased for approximately $2.2 million to provide housing and support for women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, violence and homelessness. The house will be owned and operated by Chrysalis Society.
Victoria – Cool Aid Society
The Tally Ho Inn at 3020 Douglas St. in Victoria was purchased for approximately $9.3 million to provide 52 units of housing for low-to moderate-income individuals with mental-health and substance-abuse issues. Cool Aid Society will own and operate the building.