Construction is set to start on nearly 50 new, affordable rental homes for families and seniors in Port Alberni, as a result of a partnership between the Province and the Alberni Low Energy Housing Society (ALEHS).
“I am so excited to see this project moving forward as we continue to make investments in the affordable housing people in our community need,” said Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “The mix of subsidized and affordable rentals will benefit a wide range of people in our community, while the passive design will help ensure heating and utility costs also remain affordable for residents. Thank you to our partners, the Alberni Low Energy Housing Society, for their hard work and dedication on this project.”
Located at 4450 Maitland St., the project will be a four-storey, 46-unit apartment building for families and seniors, ranging from those on income assistance to those with incomes up to $113,040. The development will provide one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Monthly rents will be a mix of subsidized and affordable market rents.
ALEHS will own and operate the building. The society is focused on developing low-energy housing and the building will aim to meet the energy efficiency requirements necessary to achieve a passive house certification. Passive house buildings consume up to 90% less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings, dramatically reducing operating costs and aligning with long-term goals under the CleanBC Plan.
“The board of the Alberni Low Energy Housing Society is extremely pleased to provide highly energy efficient and superior quality housing for people with financial challenges,” said Mike Ruttan, board chair, Alberni Low Energy Housing Society. “This project will be for the whole range of demographics within our city: seniors, youth, children and families. It’s one that we believe people will be proud to live in and call home. We aim to create a sense of community where everyone works to create a sense of belonging and co-operation. This project would not have been possible without the support of BC Housing and its belief in our vision.”
Construction is expected to start in September and the homes are expected to open in fall 2021.
Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
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
For more information on how BC Housing is supporting British Columbians during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit: https://www.bchousing.org/COVID-19
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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