NDP MLAs Coulter and Paddon welcome new affordable rental homes in Chilliwack
CHILLWACK – NDP MLAs Dan Coulter and Kelli Paddon are welcoming 23 new affordable rental homes coming to Chilliwack for people with low-to-moderate incomes. Provided by the Building BC: Community Housing Fund, these new affordable rental homes are part of 16 new projects, which will deliver a total of 634 new homes across the province.
“Ever since the former BC Liberal government refused to take action on B.C.’s housing crisis, we have seen more people move to my community in search of secure, affordable housing,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “I’m proud to be part of a government that is taking strong steps to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable housing where people need it. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home and I know these homes will improve the lives of people in my community and the community as a whole.”
“People have struggled to find affordable housing in the Chilliwack region for too long, and we know that Indigenous people have also been disproportionally affected by our housing crisis,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “By partnering with the Tzeachten First Nation, our government is working to make sure affordable housing is there for those who need it most.”
Located at 46600 La’:le’m Way, these new affordable rental homes for Indigenous families will be built in partnership with Tzeachten First Nation. Construction is expected to begin in March 2021.
The Community Housing Fund supports mixed-income buildings. These projects have 50% of units for households with incomes up to $64,000, 30% of units for households with incomes up to approximately $74,000, and 20% of units for households with very low incomes (including those on income or disability assistance).
The Request for Proposals for the current intake of the Community Housing Fund, which launched in May, is open until mid-January 2021. Approximately 3,000 new affordable homes are expected to be funded this intake – the second since 2017. The first seven projects funded through this intake were announced in September 2020.
The Community Housing Fund is part of the BC NDP government’s 10-year $7-billion housing plan. It is an investment of $1.9 billion to build more than 14,000 mixed-income rental homes for moderate- and low-income families and individuals. In two and a half years, more than 5,700 homes are already completed, under construction or in development through the Community Housing Fund program in more than 45 communities.