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Affordable homes on the way in Revelstoke

Affordable homes on the way in Revelstoke

April 1, 2021 at 2:03 pm  BC, News, Politics

People working in Revelstoke will soon have access to 24 affordable rental homes, with construction starting on a new apartment building in the community.

“We know people working in the resort and hospitality industries in Revelstoke have had a hard time finding affordable housing,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “By delivering 24 new quality rental homes, more people who work in the community will have a home they can afford.”

The project is targeted toward individuals and couples with moderate and low incomes who are working in the resort and hospitality industries in the city. The three-storey building will provide 24 one-bedroom units and will be operated by the Revelstoke Community Housing Society.

Located at 297 Humbert St., the site is located near elementary and secondary schools, a grocery store and the Revelstoke central business district.

Under the Columbia Basin Investment in Affordable Housing agreement between the Province and Columbia Basin Trust, a grant of about $4.8 million is being provided for the project. The City of Revelstoke is leasing the land to the society at a nominal rate.

Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2022.

Quotes:

Katrine Conroy, Minister Responsible for the Columbia Basin Trust –

“These much-needed 24 new rental homes will help people stay in their community, close to loved ones, work and schools. Thanks to the Columbia Basin Trust, the City of Revelstoke and the Revelstoke Community Housing Society for partnering with the Province to get this project off the ground.”

Gary Sulz, mayor, City of Revelstoke –

“This is a good news story for Revelstoke. It takes a lot of hard work and collaboration to make this kind of project work. Its success is proof of dedicated community partners with a collective goal to improve access to quality, affordable housing. BC Housing, the Columbia Basin Trust and the Revelstoke Community Housing Society have been key partners in supporting the city’s goal of improving our residents’ access to affordable housing. I am extremely appreciative of the collective efforts of city staff, project partners and community members. Their perseverance has allowed us to achieve a 24-unit contribution to the affordable housing solution. It’s these types of achievements that build community resilience and help our citizens prosper.”

Johnny Strilaeff, president and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust –

“These affordable housing units will make a real difference for people in Revelstoke and are adding to hundreds of other units across the basin that are contributing to healthier and more resilient communities. Congratulations go to the Revelstoke Community Housing Society and all the other project partners for your efforts in moving this project forward.”

Glen O’Reilly, housing chairman, Revelstoke Community Housing Society –

“The vision of the Revelstoke Community Housing Society is for a community where everyone always has a safe, decent and affordable place to live, and this 24-suite apartment gets us one step closer to our vision. The society is thrilled to see our concept for our latest project starting construction. This building will not only add necessary rental units, it will also add an attractive and practical structure to the area. The society would like to thank BC Housing and Columbia Basin Trust for their financial support and the City of Revelstoke for leasing us the land. We are pleased that together we will help meet the community’s need for more appropriate and attainable housing.”

Learn More:

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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