The B.C. Government has announced a partnership with the City of Courtenay to build 46 new homes for people experiencing homelessness.
The supportive housing homes are proposed to be built on city-owned land at 988 – 8th Street in the City.
Construction is aimed to begin in summer 2018 so the homes are ready for the winter, pending municipal approvals and changes to zoning.
Residents will have access to shared amenities like laundry and 24/7 support services, including meal programs, employment and life-skills training.
“I’m thrilled the city and our government are partnering to build this much-needed housing,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox in a release. “The modular housing will get people off the streets and into a safe and secure home, where they’ll be connected to the wellness and employment services they need.”
The project is part of B.C.’s Rapid Response to Homelessness program.
The province says the housing is targeted to help with the transition to more stable and independent living by providing longer-term housing with individualized support services.
The Courtenay modular homes are a part of a provincewide investment of $291 million to build 2,000 homes across B.C., along with more than $170 million over three years to provide 24/7 staffing and support services.