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Municipal Affairs and Housing

New affordable homes for families open in Kimberley

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Municipal Affairs and Housing

New affordable homes for families open in Kimberley

Media Contacts
Valérie Glazer
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Ottawa
valerie.glazer@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
819 654-5546
Leonard Catling
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Calgary
lcatling@cmhc-schl.gc.ca
604 787-1787
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Media Relations
778 584-1255
Laura Mathews
BC Housing
604 439-8571
Media Contacts
Valérie Glazer
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Ottawa
valerie.glazer@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
819 654-5546
Leonard Catling
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Calgary
lcatling@cmhc-schl.gc.ca
604 787-1787
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Media Relations
778 584-1255
Laura Mathews
BC Housing
604 439-8571

Backgrounders

Facts about housing
  • More than 520 new homes are completed or underway throughout the Kootenay region because of provincial investments:
    • Columbia Basin Investment in Affordable Housing: 130 homes
    • Community Housing Fund: 122 homes
    • Indigenous Housing Fund: 52 homes
    • Women’s Transition Housing Fund: 15 homes
    • Supportive Housing Fund: 34 homes
    • Affordable Rental Housing program: 20 homes
    • Deepening Affordability Fund: 56 homes
    • Student Housing (Cranbrook – College of the Rockies): 96 homes
  • The Government of Canada is rolling out its National Housing Strategy, a 10-year, $55-billion plan that will create 125,000 new housing units for 530,000 people, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50%.
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
Media Relations
778 584-1255
Laura Mathews
BC Housing
604 439-8571

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