New supportive housing units and shelter spaces are expected to open in December in Port Alberni.
The municipal affairs and housing ministry announced the project at 3939-8th Ave. will have 30 self-contained housing units and five shelter spaces that will sleep up to four people per unit at an estimated cost to the province of $7.4 million.
There will also be a multi-purpose wet-weather room for additional extreme weather shelter spaces during winter months.
“Homelessness is an acute issue in B.C., and the new housing development in Port Alberni will help provide relief to people living without shelter and to families dealing with the pain of a loved one who is in need of support,” Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser said.
Island Health owns the land and has agreed to lease the project site to B.C. Housing.
The Port Alberni Shelter Society will operate the building and Courtenay-based Muchalat Group has been selected to build the homes.
The province says staff will be on site around the clock to provide services such as meal programs and life and employment skills training along with health and wellness support.