The B.C. government is providing more than $1 million in grants to six Habitat for Humanity B.C. affiliates that will be used to build new affordable homes in Campbell River, Mission, Nanaimo, Richmond, Sechelt and Vernon.
The grants will be used in construction projects as follows:
- Campbell River – $200,000 to complete the building of two duplexes, which will provide four family units, as the first phase of a three-year project that will ultimately house 11 families.
- Mission – $200,000 to complete four townhouses that will house four families. This is the first phase of a 19-unit townhouse complex.
- Nanaimo – $100,000 to complete the building of two four-bedroom houses, which will provide two larger family units, as the second phase of Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island’s Meadow Hill development that will ultimately have six single family houses.
- Richmond – $300,000 to complete six single-family dwellings with secondary suites that will house 12 families.
- Sechelt – $100,000 to complete the building of one duplex, which will provide two family units.
- Vernon – $150,000 to complete the building of one triplex, which will provide three family units. This project has also been included in the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project for 2017.
All of these properties are located close to parks, shopping and schools.
The funding will come from the Province’s Housing Endowment Fund. It was established in 2007 to fund innovative housing proposals that would not qualify under existing funding programs.
Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing –
“We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity’s goal of building safe, decent and affordable housing for families in need. We will continue to work with our partners throughout B.C. to make sure everyone has a place to call home.”
Dennis Coutts, CEO Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver on behalf of the BC Habitat for Humanity caucus –
“This partnership with the Province is an ongoing testament of what the B.C. government and non-profits can achieve when we work so closely together. On behalf of everyone at Habitat, we’re very grateful for our partnership with BC Housing to give families in the province new homes and a chance at new lives for generations to come.”
- Since 2001, the Province 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.
- This includes new investment commitments of $920 million to support the acquisition, construction and renovation of almost 5,300 housing units throughout B.C. over the next few years.
- More than 104,000 B.C. households benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.
- Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The organization mobilizes volunteers and partners to build simple, decent housing in order to provide low-to middle-income families with access to affordable homeownership.
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