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BCNDP MLA Ravi Parmar says Indigenous people in Sooke get access to 170 below-market homes

April 29, 2024 at 12:07 pm  Politics, Provincial

SOOKE – New Democrat MLA Ravi Parmar says Indigenous individuals and families living in Sooke will now have access to more below-market homes in the community with the opening of 2075 Drennan St.

“BC Builds is championing a pathway to affordable and sustainable housing that keeps the objectives of our growing communities at the forefront.  By fast-tracking the development of rental homes for middle-income earners, leveraging public lands, and fostering partnerships with diverse stakeholders, we are not just building houses, but communities where everyone can thrive,” says Ravi Parmar, MLA for Langford – Juan De Fuca. “Anyone that wants to make their roots in Sooke should have the opportunity to do that, and this project will make that possible for more families and community members.”

The development contains two identical five-storey wood-frame buildings, which include 170 homes, 34 of which have been reserved for people with very low incomes and will be rented at the shelter rate of $500 a month. This ensures they are affordable for those receiving social assistance, persons with disabilities, or on a basic seniors’ pension. The remaining units will be rented at below-market rates.

The buildings include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. The development also includes a communal gathering space, accessible parking spaces and a playground on the property. The project is the result of a partnership between federal and provincial governments, the Capital Regional District and M’akola Housing Society, which will own and operate the building.

This project is part of a $19-billion housing investment by the B.C. government. Since 2017, the province has nearly 78,000 new homes that have been delivered or are underway, including more than 275 affordable homes in Sooke. 

For government news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/30790

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