New affordable homes for seniors, families being built in Langley


November 13, 2019

LANGLEY – Seniors and families in Langley will soon have safe, secure and affordable rental homes as construction has started on a new 82-unit townhouse and apartment complex.

“Families and seniors deserve to have safe, secure and affordable housing in the community they call home,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I’d like to thank our project partners for their work in delivering these urgently needed new homes that will let people live in the community they choose, close to their friends, family and the services they count on.”

The new development is a partnership between the Province, Catalyst Community Developments Society (CCDS) and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (SVLC) Langley Housing Society. Located at 20097 72nd Ave. in Langley, Emmaus Place will include three buildings: two two-storey buildings with 12 townhouses for low- to moderate-income families and a five-storey building with 70 apartments designated for seniors. The units will be a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units operated by CCDS and SVLC Langley Housing Society.

“Being able to live in quality, affordable housing is the cornerstone of people’s sense of well-being. Emmaus Place will have a great impact on our community, providing vital housing security for families and seniors,” said Jack Froese, mayor, Township of Langley. “The Township of Langley’s Housing Action Plan commits us to increased affordable housing choices and we appreciate the vision, dedication and collaboration that went into making this rental housing project a reality.”

The Province provided $8.7 million and construction financing for the project. The society provided the land and equity. Additional contributions were provided by CCDS, Quadra Homes, ELFEC and Vancity Community Foundation.

The site is adjacent to the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and is close to commuter routes, parks and schools.

Construction began in July 2019 and the buildings are expected to be complete spring 2021.

Delivering affordable housing is a shared commitment between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is a part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

Quotes:

Robin Petri, VP of development, Catalyst Community Developments Society –
“Catalyst is very excited to be working with the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and BC Housing to secure financing for the project at 20097 W 72nd Avenue in the Township of Langley. This will enable Catalyst and the SVLC Langley Housing Society to develop, own and operate 82 homes that will provide critically needed secure, affordable rental housing for seniors and families. These households will now have the stability and affordability they need to flourish.”

Kristen Steele, pastor, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church/ SVLC Langley Housing Society –
"Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is very grateful for the support of all of our community partners and in particular BC Housing to help make Emmaus Place a reality and provide much-needed affordable rental housing for seniors and families here in Langley. This has been a vision of the congregation for many years and we are so pleased to have such wonderful support that has enabled us to make our vision a reality. We look forward to welcoming our new neighbours!”

Jeff Pym, executive director, ELFEC –
“As a faith-based charitable foundation, ELFEC is committed to investing our resources to help achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in Canada. We're delighted to be a partner in the creation of much-needed affordable housing in Langley and we hope that Emmaus Place can be the model for similar developments throughout the province and the country.”

Kira Gerwing, senior manager of community Investment, Vancity –
“The Shepherd of the Valley has been an important project for Vancity and Vancity Community Foundation. It is a great example of how churches are reimagining how to put their lands in service of community by delivering much-needed affordable rental homes. We are proud to have supported the project with a $25,000 grant for feasibility planning and a $200,000 pre-development impact loan that helped to move the project from an idea to construction.”

Quick Facts:

  • Projected monthly rents for the new affordable housing units are:
    • 24 studio units: $650 to $900 per month
    • 38 one-bedroom units: $850 to $1,200 per month
    • Four two-bedroom units: $1,450 per month
    • Eight three-bedroom: $1,700 per month
  • To address the issue of housing affordability for British Columbians, the Province is curbing speculation in B.C.’s housing market and building 114,000 affordable market rental, non-profit, supported social housing and owner-purchase housing through partnerships.

Learn More:

To find out what the Province is doing to improve housing affordability, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/bc-government-addressing-housing-affordability-challenges

Read Homes for B.C., government’s 30-point plan to address housing affordability for British Columbians: bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/homesbc/2018_Homes_For_BC.pdf

A backgrounder follows.

Media Contacts:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
778 584-2433

BC Housing
media@bchousing.org

BACKGROUNDER 2

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 22,000 new homes are completed, under construction or in the approvals process for a range of people who 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. As of Aug. 31, 2019, this includes:

Housing for middle-income earners (households with annual incomes between $50,000 and $150,000) – approximately 4,120 homes:

  • Building BC: Community Housing Fund: approximately 1,500 rental homes for people with middle incomes.
  • HousingHub: approximately 2,620 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 than $70,000 annually) – approximately 9,320 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 2,150 homes for low to moderate incomes.
  • Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund: approximately 1,170 homes for Indigenous peoples, on- and off-reserve.
  • Regional Housing First Program: approximately 700 homes for people with low to moderate incomes.

Housing for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness (shelter-rate housing) – approximately 3,060 homes:

  • Rapid Response to Homelessness: 2,064 homes with 24/7 support.
  • Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund: approximately 800 homes with 24/7 support.
  • Regional Housing First Program: approximately 200 homes for those ready to live independently with supports.

Housing for women and children leaving violence – approximately 360 homes:

  • Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund: approximately 360 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 22,460 homes

Media Contacts:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
778 584-2433

BC Housing
media@bchousing.org