BC Housing has announced the extension of funding for a temporary supportive housing unit in Duncan.
The province, through BC Housing, is committing to fund the project until 2027.
“We are proud to help ensure its residents can continue to stay in their homes, while we work to open more permanent housing in the community,” says Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing.
“Homelessness is not a problem that can be easily solved, which is why we will continue to explore unique and innovative initiatives like The Village to support B.C.’s most vulnerable people.”
The Village, located at 610 Trunk Rd., has more than 30 sleeping units and is operated by the Lookout Housing and Health Society. The site opened as a pilot project during the pandemic before moving to the Trunk Road location in 2022.
“What began as a pandemic response has grown into a culturally safe wellness and recovery model,” says Duncan mayor Michelle Staples.
“This site fills an essential gap in the continuum of housing and the city is pleased to receive continued support from the province.”
The province, through BC Housing, will provide $1.5 million for annual operating costs towards the Village.
Funding will come from the recently announced Homelessness Encampment Action Response Temporary Housing (HEARTH) program.
Residents at the Village will eventually move to a more permanent housing solution that is currently under construction within the community.