There are 130 new affordable rental units open for low-to-moderate-income families and seniors in Victoria, with the new homes above the Victoria fire hall.
The homes at 1201 Johnson Street, the housing unit called The Dalmation, will provide a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units with rent ranging from $375 to $2,900 depending on unit size and renters’ income.
“We are taking action to build affordable rental housing in Victoria and across British Columbia,” said Ravi Kahlon, minister of housing in a news release.
“The opening of The Dalmatian shows we are delivering homes people need, with much more to come. Through our new Homes for People action plan, we’re supporting vibrant and diverse communities by providing housing for a range of people at rents they can afford.”
The province says people started moving into the new homes in February.
The provincial government provided $19 million in funding to build this housing project through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund and will provide annual operating funding of $1.6 million.
“The City of Victoria is committed to being part of the solution to our affordable housing crisis, creating more affordable homes for people,” said Marianne Alto, mayor of Victoria in a news release.
“This mixed-use development is a double win – more Victorians can afford to live downtown, and our city has gained a state-of-the-art, post-seismic, public-safety building. We’re thrilled that the new Victoria Fire Department Headquarters has a new home.”
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The rental units are for people with low to moderate incomes, and is owned and operated by Pacifica Housing.
“The Dalmatian is a beautiful and affordable family-friendly rental building,” Carolina Ibarra, CEO of Pacifica Housing said in a news release. “It is a testament to how affordable housing can enhance a community and to the creative solutions that partnerships can deliver.”