The Province is delivering new homes for people in Grand Forks with 52 new, affordable rental homes opening in the community.
“Our goal was to get these homes built as soon as possible to support the community’s long-term recovery efforts after the devastating flooding, so I am proud to see the project finishing only a year after it was announced,” said Selina Robinson, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We know this has been a difficult time for the community, which is why we worked together with the City of Grand Forks, Boundary Family Services and Horizon North to fast-track these safe, affordable homes for people.”
Located at 6895 19th St., residents are expected to start moving into their one-, two- and three-bedroom homes in early November.
The new homes will provide affordable housing for people across a range of income levels. Monthly rental rates will range between $375 for one-bedroom units and $1,150 for three-bedroom units.
Horizon North built the three-storey apartment building and two-storey townhouses using modular construction technology, which allowed the project to be built quicker than if it was built using traditional concrete or stick-built construction.
Boundary Family Services will operate the project. In partnership with BC Housing, the society will start selecting tenants in the coming weeks.
This project is part of more than 22,000 new homes completed or underway throughout B.C. because of provincial investments, including more than 5,000 homes in mixed-income buildings through the Community Housing Fund.
Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
Brian Taylor, mayor, City of Grand Forks –
"Grand Forks already faced an affordable housing shortage before last year’s floods. BC Housing recognized the urgency of accommodating flood-impacted residents, both owners and renters, in addition to those already struggling to find affordable housing, and was able to prioritize this project with the support of Grand Forks Council."
Ron Liddle, board chair, Boundary Family Services –
“Boundary Family Services is pleased work with BC Housing managing much-needed affordable housing in Grand Forks. These new homes will make a profound difference in the spirits of the people who will live here and provide a hopeful feeling for all of Grand Forks that we can confront and successfully move past adverse circumstances. There are lots of details yet to be attended to, but Boundary Family Services and BC Housing intend to work determinedly to have 52 families soon enjoying their new homes on 19th Street.”
Rod Graham, president and chief executive officer, Horizon North –
“Expediency is key in addressing these situations and making life better for those who need it. My family’s home was destroyed in the Calgary floods six years ago, so I understand that nothing can completely replace the possessions and memories that the people of Grand Forks have lost. However, it is our hope that the ability to provide a high-quality solution as quickly as possible using modular construction allows those affected to continue their recovery with a solid foundation, a place to call home again.”
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 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/
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