People in need of affordable rental housing in Sooke and Langford will have access to 494 new homes, with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the BC government and the Capital Regional District (CRD) moving forward with four affordable housing projects as part of the Regional Housing First Program (RHFP).
Two projects in the District of Sooke will be developed with units ready in 2021, and two projects in the City of Langford will have units ready for tenancy in late 2020. The projects will provide housing for a range of people in need, including families with low and middle incomes, and people who are experiencing homelessness.
In Sooke, the CRD Board, in partnership with the BC government, has recommended land acquisition and development of two adjacent properties located at Drennan Street and Sooke Road as well as an additional property located at Throup Road. With approval of the proposed projects, BC Housing has moved forward with purchasing the land. Both projects are in the planning phase to determine the conceptual design, engineering and land-use anticipated for the sites. An Expression of Interest will be issued to non-profit housing providers to operate the properties. Details of the proposed projects include:
Estimated RHFP Contribution: $7.65 million
Total New Units: 169 (34 units at shelter rate, 52 affordable units and 83 near-market units)
Estimated RHFP Contribution: $3.375 million
Total New Units: 75 (15 units at shelter rate, 24 affordable units and 36 near-market units)
In Langford, the CRD Board has approved, in partnership with the BC government, the acquisition of two properties, one located at Spencer Road and the other at Hockley Avenue. Once construction of the buildings is complete, ownership of the shelter rate units will be assumed by the CRD under the RHFP and the remaining units will be assumed by the Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC). CRHC will operate 100% of the units. Details of the proposed projects include:
Estimated RHFP Contribution: $7.8 million
Total New Units: 130 (26 units at shelter rate, 40 affordable units and 64 near-market units)
Estimated RHFP Contribution: $7.2 million
Total New Units: 120 (24 units at shelter rate, 36 affordable units and 60 near-market units)
The RHFP has two projects already underway at Cedar Grove in Victoria and Croftonbrook on Salt Spring Island. These additional four projects, combined with the two previously announced projects, brings the estimated RHFP contribution amount to $35.15 million of the $90 million total.
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