Construction is underway on eight new affordable rental homes for people in Sooke through a partnership between the Government of B.C. and M’akola Housing Society.
“We are working with our partners to make sure people in Sooke and communities throughout the province have safe homes with rents they can afford,” said Premier John Horgan, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. “We know there’s more work to do, but thanks to partners like M’akola Housing Society, we are delivering the homes that people need.”
Located at 6750 West Coast Rd., the units are in the Hope Centre, which currently provides 25 homes for youth and adults who have experienced or were at risk of homelessness. The Province, through BC Housing, is providing $1.5 million in construction financing to the society to convert three commercial units in the building into the eight new homes.
“In Sooke, we know that where and how people live affects the well-being and character of our entire community,” said Maja Tait, mayor, District of Sooke. “These new affordable rental homes reflect our long-standing approach to affordable housing, one that not only helps renters, but also offers a host of benefits to the local economy and community. This is a timely investment and one we’re grateful for.”
Monthly rents are projected to range between approximately $600 (studio) and $700 (one bedroom). The new homes are expected to be complete by late October 2020.
“We are proud to have found an innovative way to add new eight new homes to this housing project in Sooke,” said Kevin Albers, CEO, M’akola Housing Society. “Affordable housing is a valued addition to every community, and we are excited that our partnerships with the Province and community of Sooke have made this possible.”
The Province continues to work with partners to address the housing needs of people in Sooke, including those who are experiencing homelessness. In partnership with the District of Sooke, plans were recently announced for a new temporary shelter, located on a private piece of land, to provide vulnerable people with a safe place to stay while permanent housing is underway.
Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
- In addition to the eight new homes at the Hope Centre, the Province is working in partnership with the federal government and Capital Regional District to build 245 new affordable rental homes for people with a range of incomes in Sooke:
- 75 homes, including 15 shelter-rate homes, at 2170 Charters Rd.
- 170 homes, including 34 shelter-rate homes, at 6480 Drennan St.
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/
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