Located in the Colwood Lakes neighbourhood at 2006 Sooke Rd., construction is underway for the Helios redevelopment that will replace 12 aging townhouses with 82 new homes.
The project will create more homes for low-to moderate-income households and is near Colwood’s downtown core with community amenities, schools, retail areas and transit nearby.
Helios will include homes of varying sizes, from studios to three-bedroom units, with a projected rent range of approximately $825 to $1,575 per month.
It will be operated by Pacifica Housing and will include pedestrian walkways, a playground and community gardens.
The new building is expected to be complete by summer 2019.
- The Province provided $8.4 million in capital funding and $10.2 million in construction financing for the project.
- The City of Colwood contributed $328,000 through their affordable housing reserve fund.
- Pacifica Housing provided the land valued at approximately $4 million.
- The approximate rental rate projected for the Helios project will be:
- Studio: $825 per month
- One bedroom: $950 per month
- Two bedrooms: $1,225 per month
- Three bedrooms: $1,575 per month
- Through the new Building BC Community Housing Fund, government will invest close to $1.9 billion over 10 years to deliver safe, secure and affordable housing for B.C. renters
- To address the issue of housing affordability for British Columbians, the Province is curbing speculation in B.C.’s housing market and building 114,000 affordable market rental, non-profit, supported social housing and owner-purchase housing through partnerships.
- Budget 2018 launched the largest investment in housing affordability in B.C. history – more than $7 billion over 10 years.
- Knox Centre groundbreaking ceremony
- New homes will help people in Sooke and Langford
- Making way for 42 rental units on Church at Wadams Way
- Future rental apartment gets development, variance permits approved by Sooke Council
- The aging face of homelessness in North American cities
- B.C. government invests in new homes for Indigenous peoples in Langford
- Affordable rental homes on the way in Sooke (244 units) and Langford (250 units)
- New affordable homes, child care spaces on the way for people in Langford
- Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the annual allowable rent increase will be 2.5%.
- Letter: Compassion is needed, as many with homes are also one paycheque away from being homeless
- Rapid response to homelessness sees 2,000 modular homes built in BC
- Homelessness in Sooke: It exists
- Members of Affordable Housing Committee appointed
- District seeks membership for the Affordable Housing Committee
- Over 2,000 rental units coming to the CRD, with some attention to affordability
- Breaking ground on new rental homes for people in Colwood
- Victoria: Planned supportive short-term housing for Indigenous women facing homelessness
- 2018 Budget: Housing advocates welcome historic investments in affordable housing
- Housing strategy calls for action to diversify supply, manage demand & prevent homelessness
- Anxiety over housing, homelessness and poverty rises in British Columbia
- Council to consider bylaw amendment in January, allowing mobile homes on residential lots
- More than 1,000 modular homes now confirmed throughout B.C.
- Message from the Mayor: Affordable housing has been addressed for years (media is late to the party), and she wants to hear your ideas
- CTV covers the housing-boom/housing-crisis irony in Sooke
- Housing challenges for Sooke construction workers now; affordability committee can happen in Feb or March 2018
- National Housing Day solicits hope for affordable housing within the next decade
- Council expresses discomfort with the usage of the term, “affordable housing”
- From fires to fentanyl, from homes to homelessness, Horgan’s UBCM keynote covered the gamut
- Second co-housing project in Sooke deemed affordable, good to go
- Throne Speech: Affordability, improved services and economy are top BC priorities
- Victoria housing crisis threatens family unity
- Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness survey
- Ten townhouses coming to Ayre Road
- Regular Council meeting overview June 26