Province announces new housing program for homelessness

By CKPG News
November 15, 2017 - 5:10pm

VICTORIA — A new modular housing program was announced by the B.C. government today.

The $291 million investment will go towards building 2,000 modular housing units for homeless people or those at risk of homelessness.

For over three years, $170 million will ensure 24/7 staffing for the new buildings.

The province will work with local governments and community groups in order to create a homelessness action plan through permanent housing and services, starting with Prince Rupert, Terrace and Vernon. 

About $3.6 million will go to Prince Rupert for 44 units, Terrace will receive around $8 million for up to 52 units and Vernon will get $11 million for a 45-bed shelter and a 53-unit supportive housing project.

The mayor of Prince Rupert says they're "happy to see the province acting to meet the urgent need for long-term affordable housing solutions for Prince Rupert."

The mayor of Terrace, Carol Leclerc believes it's "a critical step towards supporting our most vulnerable citizens and providing them with affordable quality housing."

Vernon's mayor, Akbal Mund says the city "applaud(s) the province's efforts to create more safe and secure housing options that support some of Vernon's most vulnerable citizens." 

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