The Province is making significant investments in providing supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in communities throughout B.C., including through the Supportive Housing Fund and the Rapid Response to Homelessness program.
The Supportive Housing Fund invests $1.2 billion over 10 years to build 2,500 homes with 24/7 supports to help people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and those in temporary housing. To date, 390 of these units have been allocated.
The Rapid Response to Homelessness program is an investment of $291 million for 2,000 modular housing units for people experiencing homelessness and more than $170 million over three years to provide 24/7 staffing and support services for these units. These units are fully allocated.
The following list represents the number of supportive housing projects and units in communities that are built or underway through investments by the current government:
Abbotsford: 2 projects / 83 homes
Burnaby: 1 project / 52 homes
Chilliwack: 2 projects / 92 homes
Courtenay: 1 project / 46 homes
Grand Forks: 1 project / 34 homes
Hope: 1 project / 20 homes
Kamloops: 3 projects / 163 homes
Kelowna: 3 projects / 148 homes
Langley: 1 project / 49 homes
Maple Ridge: 1 project / 53 homes
Nanaimo: 2 projects / 164 homes
New Westminster: 1 project / 44 homes
Parksville: 1 project / 55 homes
Penticton: 1 project / 62 homes
Port Alberni: 1 project / 35 homes
Powell River: 1 project / 40 homes
Prince Rupert: 1 project / 36 homes
Queen Charlotte: 1 project / 19 homes
Richmond: 1 project / 40 homes
Sechelt: 1 project / 40 homes
Smithers: 1 project / 24 homes
Surrey: number of projects to be confirmed / 360 homes
Terrace: 1 project / 52 homes
Vancouver: 12 projects / 726 homes
Vernon: 2 projects / 98 homes
Victoria: 1 project / 21 homes
As part of the $90-million Regional Housing First Program, the Province, Capital Regional District and the federal government are also creating an additional 2,000 new affordable rental housing homes for people in the Victoria region, with 400 of these homes designed to provide supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.