Housing units for homeless in Prince Rupert and Terrace

 

Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Prince Rupert, Terrace and Vernon will soon have access to supportive housing as part of the Province’s new modular-housing program, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson announced today.

“Too many people have been left alone to struggle with homelessness for too many years,” said Robinson, in a press release. “These modular-housing projects are our government’s rapid response to these urgent needs. We’re working with communities across the province to get people into homes and off of the streets as quickly as possible.”

The new units in Prince Rupert, Terrace and Vernon are part of the province’s commitment to build 2,000 modular units over two years throughout B.C. by working in partnership with local governments.

In Prince Rupert, the B.C. government is allocating approximately $3.6 million for a 44-unit modular-housing project. The city will work with BC Housing to find a suitable location for the development.

“This is fantastic news for the community,” said Mayor of Prince Rupert Lee Brain. “The city has advocated for affordable housing for Prince Rupert for quite some time. We are happy to see the Province acting to meet the urgent need for long-term affordable housing solutions for Prince Rupert.”

In Terrace, the Province is allocating close to $8 million towards the creation of up to 52 units of permanent modular housing, which has been proposed for 4519 and 4523 Olson Ave. The city has started the rezoning process for the site.

“This modular-housing program is a critical step towards supporting our most vulnerable citizens and providing them with affordable quality housing,” said Mayor of Terrace Carol Leclerc. “This program provides 24/7 support staffing to address the challenges our homeless and low-income residents experience in accessing safe and secure housing. Council recognizes that the City of Terrace has a significant need for transitional housing units, and we look forward to partnering with the Province to implement this initiative in an efficient and timely manner.”

The province is committing $291 million to build 2,000 modular-housing units across British Columbia over the next two years and more than $170 million over three years to provide 24/7 staffing and support services.