Nearly 40 new supportive homes open in Salmon Arm

November 8, 2021 at 1:38 pm  BC, News, Politics

Residents are moving into Cedar Place, a new 38-unit supportive housing building for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Salmon Arm.  

“Everyone deserves stable housing, and these new supportive homes will give people experiencing homelessness in Salmon Arm the foundation they need to move forward with their lives,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “Addressing local issues of homelessness requires all of us to work together, and I’m thankful for the community partnerships that have resulted in these much-needed homes in Salmon Arm.”

Located at 540 3rd St., Cedar Place is a four-storey, wood-frame building with 38 self-contained studio homes, each with its own kitchenette and washroom. The building will be managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association – Shuswap/Revelstoke (CMHA-SR), with at least two staff members on site at all times.

“We are so pleased to be opening up Cedar Place in November 2021,” said Dawn Dunlop, executive director, CMHA-SR. “We are looking forward to welcoming 38 people home. Thank you to our partners and community for all the support.”

Residents will have access to on-site support services, including life-skills training, employment assistance, counselling, physical and mental-health resources, and addiction recovery services. The building has office and programming space, laundry facilities, a commercial kitchen and dining room.

“The City of Salmon Arm appreciates its partnership with CMHA and BC Housing to provide these 38 supported housing units for local residents in need of a home,” said Alan Harrison, mayor, City of Salmon Arm. “With 24-7 support, Cedar Place will provide residents experiencing homelessness with a safe, supportive place to live.”

Cedar Place is the third and final building to open on the 0.8-hectare (two acres) site. Two other buildings, Larch Place and Birch Place, opened earlier this year to provide housing for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. Together, the three buildings provide 105 new affordable homes in the community.

Quick Facts:

  • The Province, through BC Housing, provided approximately $11.7 million to the project through the Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund, as well as approximately $1 million in annual operating funding.
  • The City of Salmon Arm provided approximately $100,000 in development cost charge waivers.

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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