Braidwood Housing Project
Funding Announcement from the Province of B.C.
Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing
November 30, 2016:
Province invests $3 million for new housing project in Courtenay
People at risk of homelessness, including those who are Aboriginal, will soon have access to more than 30 new units of affordable housing in Courtenay.
Following the September 2016 announcement of a $500-million investment in affordable rental housing, the B.C. government has approved $3 million in capital funding for a new housing project in the community.
The M’aKola Housing Society, in partnership with the Wachiay Friendship Centre, will receive the provincial funding toward a project providing 34 units at 810 Braidwood Rd.
BC Housing will work with the partners to fully develop the project plans and ensure the proper zoning and consultation is considered and confirmed before construction.
Construction is expected to begin in summer 2017, with completion projected for summer 2018.
On August 19, 2013, the City of Courtenay announced the purchase of property at 810 Braidwood Road in Courtenay, to be used as the eventual location for a supportive housing project.
The site is close to services, amenities and public transit. The site is on the east side of Courtenay, near the Old Island Highway.
Courtenay City Council has identified this housing project as their top strategic priority. The City is investigating funding opportunities from all levels of government, as well as partnership opportunities with local community organizations to run the facility.
Public consultation and engagement will be a key part of the planning process. The City will be working with the immediate neighbourhood, the community, as well as with interested local non-profit stakeholders to this project.
BC Housing provided $50,000 to assist with the planning and development of a supportive housing proposal. Additional funding for the project was provided by the Comox Valley Regional District through the sale of property on Cliffe Avenue. Island Health provided $100,000.