Low-income families to benefit from affordable homes in B.C.

Rents $750 a month for 2-bedrooms and $850 a month for 3-bedrooms

KIMBERLEY B.C. – Low-income families now have access to 12 new affordable homes as a result of a partnership between the Governments of Canada and B.C., Columbia Basin Trust and Kimberley Seniors Project Society.

Located at 630 Church Ave., New Pioneer Lodge was completed in November 2019 and includes six two-bedroom units and six three-bedroom units. The Kimberley Seniors Project Society owns and operates the project.

Ahmed Hussen, Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West and Minister responsible for the Columbia Basin Trust made the announcement Friday.

Families started moving into their new homes in December 2019 and the project is fully occupied. Monthly rents are $750 per month for a two-bedroom unit and $850 per month for a three-bedroom unit.

The project is part of the more than 22,000 new homes that are complete or underway throughout B.C. because of provincial investments.

Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the B.C. Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

Funding for the project was provided by:

  • The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the B.C. Government jointly contributed $1.6 million through the Social Infrastructure Fund.
  • The B.C. Government and Columbia Basin Trust provided $657,000 through the Columbia Basin Investment in Affordable Housing program.
  • The B.C. Government also provided a grant of $100,000 through the Housing Endowment Fund and construction financing.
  • Columbia Basin Trust also provided an additional $250,000 for the project.
  • Kimberley Seniors Project Society provided the land

“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. This is why we are pleased to announce the official opening of the New Pioneer Lodge, which adds twelve new affordable rental homes that will serve as a foundation for the families here to grow and flourish in the community,” said Ahmen Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West, Minister for Children and Family Development and Minister responsible for the Columbia Basin Trust said no one in B.C. should have to leave their community because they can’t find an affordable place to call home.

“These new homes will provide new opportunities, security and peace of mind for low-income families in Kimberley. We are proud to be working in partnership to build thousands of homes like these for people across the province.” 

Rich Rausch, President, Kimberley Seniors Project Society said this is a good start to meet the needs for low-income families.

With these new homes, this project demonstrates through all levels of government a commitment to the National Housing Strategy goal, giving all families a safe and affordable place to call home.

  • More than 520 new homes are completed or underway throughout the Kootenay region because of provincial investments:
    • Columbia Basin Investment in Affordable Housing: 130 homes
    • Community Housing Fund: 122 homes
    • Indigenous Housing Fund: 52 homes
    • Women’s Transition Housing Fund: 15 homes
    • Supportive Housing Fund: 34 homes
    • Affordable Rental Housing program: 20 homes
    • Deepening Affordability Fund: 56 homes
    • Student Housing (Cranbrook – College of the Rockies): 96 homes

The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 10-year, $55 billion plan that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.

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