$5.1 Million for Affordable Housing in Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – It was all smiles at Elizabeth Fry Place in Prince George this morning.
This as MLAs Shirley Bond and Mike Morris were on hand to announce $5.1 million in affordable housing funding.
The dollars will bring in over 60 new affordable homes for low-to-moderate-income families and seniors at two new housing developments.
$3.5 million will go to the Aboriginal Housing Society’s new project at 1811 Spruce Street and provide for up to 27 new rental homes for low-income seniors with a priority for Elders of Aboriginal ancestry.
Another $1.6 million will provide for up to 35 new affordable new homes at the Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Housing Society’s housing project at 2744 and 2820-2880 on 15th Ave.
The property is located directly behind Studio 2880 – a strip of land that runs parallel to the back of the baseball diamond and where an old warehouse is currently located.
“We’re thrilled. We’re excited, it’s been a long time coming and it’s such an opportunity for the families that currently live in Prince George,” said Kathi Heim, executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Housing Society. “To have some safe, affordable housing that will be below the market rent and give them opportunities to move forward.”
“It’s another great example of what we’re doing with housing right across the province,” added Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “But there’s a continual need and B.C. is embarking on one of the most aggressive housing projects that any government in Canada has ever embarked on before with half a billion dollars. And this is just a beginning for Prince George.”
He expects shovels will be in the ground by next spring.
“As soon as the ground is thawed out. There’s a number of steps, we sort of hit it at the right time here because there’s still a lot of administrative steps that we need to do and they can do this over the winter when the ground’s still frozen.”
The City of Prince George’s commitment to the plan is land and tax incentives and Mayor Lyn Hall said he couldn’t be happier.
“It’s a great partnership and an announcement. One of our top priorities was to create more housing opportunities for individuals – and that’s from seniors to students – and this announcement today is going to provide a big part of that goal.”
But he said there’s still work to be done.
“There’s still a need for more affordable and subsidized seniors housing and for more housing opportunities for students,” he said. “Students who want to come to UNBC or CNC.”