Men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will now have access to new units of supportive housing with the official opening of George Schmidt Centre in Abbotsford.
The B.C. government arranged $6.3 million in long-term financing for the development in addition to providing annual operational funding. The City of Abbotsford provided the land, valued at approximately $270,000 and waived property taxes.
The 30 units of supportive housing, located at 31250 King Rd., will be managed and operated by the Kinghaven Peardonville House Society.
Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance and MLA for Abbotsford West -
"The B.C. government is committed to making a difference in the lives of those in greatest need. Our investment in the creation of more supportive housing apartments for men most at risk in our community is part of that commitment. The new George Schmidt Centre will provide those who live there with not just housing, but the stability and support they need to help rebuild their lives."
Mayor Bruce Banman, City of
"The George Schmidt Centre and Kinghaven Peardonville House Society provide valuable services to some of our community's most vulnerable residents. Over 40 years strong, the society continues to serve those most in need and we were delighted to partner with them and our government partners on this project."
Milt Walker, executive director, Kinghaven Peardonville House Society -
"We have over four decades of experience in supporting men overcoming addictions and coping with mental health challenges. We look forward to continuing our work and serving our clients at the George Schmidt Centre. These apartments bring much needed housing for men at risk in this city and we'd like to thank all levels of government and community partners for making this a reality."
- Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $3.2 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This year, more than 97,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial housing programs and services.
- Under BC's Family Agenda, government is committed to improving housing for low-income families, seniors and people experiencing homelessness.
- In 2011-12, the B.C. government invested over $12 million to provide subsidized housing and rent supplements for more than 1,600 households in Abbotsford.
- Since 1971, the Kinghaven Peardonville House Society has helped provide support and treatment to men with addiction and/or mental health challenges. To date, the society has helped serve and support more than 22,000 men in need.
To learn more about provincial housing programs and services, visit: www.bchousing.org
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