The B.C. Government has announced that 100 new affordable homes for Indigenous people are coming to Langford.
In a press release issued on July 8, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing said that 60 homes have been completed and construction is underway on an additional 40 – expected to be completed by the fall of 2021.
The project is for Indigenous families, individuals and elders in Langford through a partnership between the province, M’akola Housing Society and the City of Langford.
“Housing is the foundation on which people build their lives, and everyone in our community deserves a safe, secure and affordable home,” said Premier John Horgan. “With these new homes, more Indigenous peoples in Langford will have the peace of mind that comes from having good housing in their community, surrounded by their friends, family and culture.”
The first phase of 60 homes, located at 731 Station Ave., has been completed and will be ready for residents to move in as early as July 15.
The six-story apartment building includes studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units with rent ranging from $375 to $1,500 per month.
“This project is a beautiful display of the value of strategic partnerships and how they benefit the community. We have created a space providing safe, affordable homes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous families through BC Housing,” said Kevin Albers, CEO, M’akola Housing Society and M’akola Development Services.
On the ground floor, there is office space for two Indigenous non-profit societies: Indigenous development consulting firm M’akola Development Services, and Hulitan Family and Community Services Society.
Albers adds that these non-profits will offer the community both family services and career opportunities.
Phase 2 of the project will also be a six-story apartment complex that will include 40 homes with rent not exceeding 30 per cent of the household income.
“I want to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of M’akola for its continued dedication to providing quality housing to Langford residents. We have been working with M’akola since the 1980s and have seen the efforts of M’akola change many lives. We are proud to support this project. It’s one of the best-looking buildings in Langford,” said Langford Mayor Stewart Young.
The province is providing $8 million through the Indigenous Housing Fund, as well as an annual operating subsidy of approximately $430,000, toward phase 2 of the Station Avenue project, says the Ministry.