SALMON ARM - More new affordable rental homes and housing with supports are on the way for Salmon Arm.
“For too long, people have struggled to find safe, affordable housing,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are proud to be working with local partners to build the housing people need, so they can stay in the community they call home.”
Construction is underway on 67 new affordable rental homes that will be built in two four-storey buildings at 540 3rd St. South West. These affordable homes will be a mix of one- to four-bedroom units for families, seniors and people with disabilities.
In a third adjacent building, 38 new supportive homes will be built for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Each unit is a self-contained studio home that includes a bathroom and kitchenette. A communal kitchen, dining area and laundry facilities will also be provided on-site.
“We are pleased to work with the Province and our community partners to develop and support this much-needed affordable and supportive housing for our residents,” said Alan Harrison, mayor, City of Salmon Arm. “Everyone needs a safe, secure place to call home.”
Supportive housing applicants will go through a thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports in place. Supports will include meal programs, life and employment skills training, and access to health and wellness support services. All residents will sign a program agreement and will pay rent.
The Canadian Mental Health Association of Shuswap-Revelstoke will operate the entire site.
“We are pleased to be working in collaboration with our partners to provide affordable housing solutions in our community,” said Dawn Dunlop, executive director, Canadian Mental Health Association Shuswap-Revelstoke.
Construction is expected to be complete by winter 2020.
- The affordable rental homes will be geared to income, which means people will pay approximately 30% of their gross household income.
- For the supportive housing component, rent will be $375 a month (shelter rates).
- More than 20,000 new homes are complete or underway throughout B.C because of provincial investments, including more than 1,000 homes in the Okanagan region.
- To address the issue of housing affordability for British Columbians, the Province is curbing speculation in B.C.'s housing market and helping build 114,000 affordable market rental, non-profit, supported social housing and owner-purchase housing through partnerships.
- Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in B.C. is available online: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC
To find out what the Province is doing to improve housing affordability, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/
A backgrounder follows.
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Province building new homes to meet full spectrum of housing needs
The B.C. government is working in partnership to build 114,000 affordable homes that cover the full spectrum of housing needs for British Columbians by 2028.
Budget 2018 included a $7-billion investment in the homes people need. As a result of that investment, more than 20,000 new homes are completed, under construction or in the approvals process for a range of people that are struggling to find a place to live — from people who are experiencing homelessness and seniors on fixed incomes, to middle-income families, students and individuals. To date, this includes:
Housing for middle-income earners (households with annual incomes between $50,000 and $150,000) – approximately 2,460 homes:
- Building BC: Community Housing Fund: approximately 1,500 rental homes for people with middle incomes.
- HousingHub: 960 homes.
Housing for people with low to moderate incomes (including some where rents are based on 30% of household income and others with set rents, which are designed to be affordable to moderate-income households, in most cases earning less that $70,000 annually) – approximately 9,200 homes:
- Building BC: Community Housing Fund: approximately 3,700 rental homes for people with low to moderate incomes.
- Affordable Rental Housing Program: nearly 1,600 homes for low to moderate incomes.
- Deepening Affordability Fund: more than 2,100 homes for low to moderate incomes.
- Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund: more than 1,150 homes for Indigenous peoples, on and off reserve.
- Regional Housing First Program: more than 600 homes for people with low to moderate incomes.
Housing for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness (shelter-rate housing) – approximately 2,800 homes:
- Rapid Response for Homelessness: more than 2,000 homes with 24/7 support.
- Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund: more than 550 homes with 24/7 support.
- Regional Housing First Program: more than 170 homes for those ready to live independently with supports.
Housing for women and children leaving violence – approximately 340 homes:
- Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund: approximately 340 spaces of transition, second-stage and affordable rental housing for women and children leaving violence.
Housing for students – approximately 5,600 homes:
- BC Student Housing Loan Program: approximately 2,700 on-campus student housing units are underway or in the approvals process.
- Nearly 2,900 student housing units are also underway or in development through partnerships with post-secondary institutions.
Total: approximately 20,400 homes
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing