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New supportive homes proposed for Dawson Creek


July 27, 2020

DAWSON CREEK – The Province is partnering with the City of Dawson Creek and the South Peace Community Resources Society (SPCRS) on a proposal to build 30 new supportive homes for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

“The need for safe, secure and affordable housing has never been more clear,” said Selina Robinson, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing. “In partnership with the City of Dawson Creek and the South Peace Community Resources Society, we’re making sure the most vulnerable people in our communities have safe and affordable homes with wraparound support services that will help them move forward with their lives.”

A rezoning application has been submitted to the city, which is also providing the land for the project at 1024, 1028, 1032 and 1036 - 104 Ave. If approved, construction on the modular housing is expected to start in September 2020 with construction complete by early 2021.

“The City of Dawson Creek is very pleased to partner with the Province, through BC Housing, and the South Peace Community Resources Society to deliver much-needed housing for those who may be experiencing homelessness or other vulnerable populations in our city,” said Dale Bumstead, mayor, City of Dawson Creek. “We continue to strive to build a community with a great quality of life for all and this is one more step in that journey.”

SPCRS would oversee the day-to-day management of the building. Staff would be on site 24/7 and provide support services, such as two meals per day, access to health care services, and information on addictions assistance and employment.

“South Peace Community Resources Society is pleased to partner with BC Housing and the City of Dawson Creek to address homelessness in Dawson Creek,” said Arden Smith, department manager, SPCRS. “For several years, staff at South Peace Community Resources have identified the need for affordable housing options and for ways to support people who struggle to maintain housing. This is an opportunity to assist those in our community who need it most.”

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

Learn More:

To find out more about the project, ask questions and provide input, community members can connect with BC Housing here: https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/dawson-creek-104

BC Housing will reach out to the community with more options to engage over the coming weeks.

For more information on how BC Housing is supporting British Columbians during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit: https://www.bchousing.org/COVID-19/

A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in B.C. is online: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC

To learn about the steps the Province is taking to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable homes for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/

Two backgrounders follow.

Contacts:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Media Relations
778 584-1255

BC Housing
media@bchousing.org

 

BACKGROUNDER

Services, supports provided for modular housing

All new modular housing buildings in the province have around-the-clock staffing to help young people, people with disabilities, seniors and others in critical need of housing.

The Province is providing annual operating funding to help those with the highest housing needs to build new beginnings. Experienced staff provide support to tenants based on their assessed needs.

Services and supports provided to young people, seniors, people with disabilities and others who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, include:

  • on-site supports and connection to additional specialized supports in their community;
  • supports that are tailored to the needs of the residents, including education and employment opportunities, and health and wellness services, including mental health and addiction treatment programs;
  • individual or group support services, such as life skills, community information and social and recreational programs;
  • meals;
  • case planning and needs assessment;
  • other supports designed to assist residents in meeting their personal and housing goals, including culturally specific programs;
  • help accessing income assistance, pension benefits, disability benefits, obtaining a B.C. identification card or establishing a bank account;
  • support for residents to learn how to operate and maintain a home; and
  • free laundry services, either on or off site.

Media Contacts:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
778 584-2433

BC Housing
media@bchousing.org

BACKGROUNDER

Province building new homes to meet full spectrum of housing needs

The B.C. government is working in partnership with non-profits, municipalities, First Nations, Indigenous housing organizations and the private sector 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 23,000 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 Dec. 31, 2019, this includes:

Housing for people with middle incomes

The average annual household income qualifying for homes underway is under $99,000 per year:

  • HousingHub: 2,802 homes

Housing for people with low to moderate incomes

This includes people residing in social housing (household incomes less than $65,000) as well as those living in affordable market rentals (households with annual incomes up to $74,000) – 9,837 homes:

Affordable market:

  • Building BC: Community Housing Fund (30% of units in each project): 1,565 rental homes for people with low to moderate incomes
  • Affordable Rental Housing Program: 1,615 homes for people with low to moderate incomes
  • Deepening Affordability Fund: 1,976 homes for people with low to moderate incomes
  • Regional Housing First Program: 907 homes for people with low to moderate incomes

Social housing or subsidized rents:

  • Building BC: Community Housing Fund (50% of units in each project): 2,609 rental homes for people with low incomes
  • Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund: 1,165 homes for Indigenous peoples, on- and off- reserve

Housing for people with very low incomes

Rental housing for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, or for people with very low incomes (includes supportive housing and shelter-rate housing) – 4,795 homes:

  • Rapid Response to Homelessness: 2,012 homes with 24/7 support
  • Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund: 1,060 homes with 24/7 support
  • Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund: 679 spaces of transition, second-stage and affordable rental housing for women and children leaving violence
  • Building BC: Community Housing Fund (20% of units in each project): 1,044 homes

Housing for students – 5,584 homes:

  • BC Student Housing Loan Program: 2,699 on-campus student housing units are under construction, in development or in the approvals process
  • 2,885 student housing units are also completed, under construction or in development through partnerships with post-secondary institutions

Total: 23,018 homes

Media Contacts:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
778 584-2433

BC Housing
media@bchousing.org