Castlegar Thursday, July 20, 2023 8:00 AM
Located at 1101 2nd St., Eagle Estates will consist of eight one-bedroom apartments for people with low- to moderate-income on the upper floors, and a five-bedroom group home for people living with developmental disabilities on the ground floor. Full-time, on-site, integrated support services will be available for tenants in the group home.
The new building will be in Castlegar’s downtown, close to parks, medical services and retail shops. KSCL will own and operate the building once complete, while Community Living BC will cover operating and administrative costs associated with the five-bed group home.
This project is part of a $19-billion housing investment by the B.C. government. Since 2017, the Province has more than 76,000 homes that have been delivered or are underway, including more than 700 homes in the Kootenays.
To learn more about government’s new Homes for People action plan, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023HOUS0019-000436
To learn about the steps the Province is taking to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable homes for British Columbians, visit: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/housing
A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in B.C. is available online: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC
To find out about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca
Two backgrounders follow.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion –
“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, our government is investing in affordable housing here in Castlegar and across the country. Eagle Estates will have a transformative impact on the lives of those living with developmental disabilities, by providing them with accessible housing and the support services they need to thrive. It’s vital that we create housing options like this across Canada to support Canadians and ensure that no one is left behind. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.”
Taleeb Noormohamed, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville –
“These new housing units give residents more than just a safe and affordable place to live; they also offer a support system, a connection to the community and an opportunity for residents to reach their full potential to the best of their abilities. Eagle Estates will break down barriers that people with disabilities sometimes face in accessing housing and does great work with other partners to offer services that help tenants experience life in the community. These new housing developments will make a difference in the lives of the residents and their families.”
Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West –
“Building new homes that are attainable for people is a key part of our work to address the housing crisis. While we know there is more work to do, Eagle Estates will provide accessible homes for people with moderate incomes and for those living with disabilities. It takes many partners to come together to make projects like this happen, so thank you to the Kootenay Society for Community Living, Columbia Basin Trust, the city and CMHC so people can continue living in Castlegar, near family, friends and in the community they know and love.
Kathleen Elias, executive director, Kootenay Society for Community Living –
“KSCL’s administration and board started with a plan for housing 10 years ago. It seems surreal that is finally coming to life to serve those individuals, families, and others in our community who need affordable housing. This project promotes KSCL’s goal of inclusion, recognizing everyone’s diversities and being part of our Castlegar community.”
Maria McFaddin, mayor, Castlegar –
“The City of Castlegar is very excited to see this project moving forward and would like to recognize the various community partners involved in making it a reality. City council continues to take bold action to prioritize housing options in Castlegar. Making city lands available for developments that meet the needs of our community is just one of the ways we are delivering on the city’s housing strategy.”
Johnny Strilaeff, president and chief executive officer, Columbia Basin Trust –
“Residents and communities in the Columbia Basin have told us that affordable housing continues to be a priority in the region. These new units will increase the housing options for people in Castlegar. Thank you to all the partners involved, and especially the efforts of the Kootenay Society for Community Living, as they help bring more affordable housing to the community.”
Facts about new affordable homes in Castlegar
- The Province, through BC Housing, is providing a $3.3 million Cost Pressure Grant to the project.
- The Province and the federal government provided $1.3 million from the BC Priorities Housing Initiative Provincial Matching Grant and $320,000 from the BC Priorities Housing Initiative Grant, both jointly funded through the Canada–British Columbia Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy,
- The federal government provided $650,000 through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF).
- The Kootenay Society for Community Living provided $1 million in capital and the land for the project.
- Columbia Basin Trust, through the Columbia Basin Affordable Housing Program, developed in partnership with BC Housing, is contributing $821,000.
- The City of Castlegar waived fees totalling $48,000 for this development.
This is on BC Govt website go to the link here