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Province announces funding for Greenecourt

Province announces funding for Greenecourt

Seniors on fixed incomes and people with disabilities will soon have rental security through a redevelopment project that will bring new, affordable homes to Sechelt.

“Communities are healthy when everyone can afford the kind of homes they need, and this is what our Community Housing Fund is designed to do by building housing for people with a range of incomes,” said Selina Robinson, minister of municipal affairs and housing. “This new apartment will help give seniors and people with disabilities peace of mind knowing that their housing is stable and they can make rent each month.”

The new building will be located at 5803 Medusa St. and will replace two of the aging buildings in the current complex. The new five-storey building will add 104 new rental units to the Greenecourt complex.

“Our government is working hard to make housing more affordable,” said Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “With these affordable rentals, we are providing homes for people who have been squeezed out of a tight rental market, helping them maintain their connection to their community and to their loved ones.”

Each floor will feature a laundry room and amenity room for residents. The underground garage will accommodate scooters and bicycles.

The Sunshine Coast Lions Housing Society is receiving $10.4 million from the Province’s Building BC: Community Housing Fund to build the new homes.

Projects built under the Community Housing Fund will reflect the following mix of incomes: 30 per cent of the units will be for households with moderate incomes; 50 per cent of the units will be for a range of low- to moderate-income households; and 20 per cent of the units will be for households with low incomes.

“This project is an enormous benefit to our seniors, providing much-needed affordable housing in an excellent location near our shops and recreational amenities,” said Sechelt Mayor Darnelda Siegers.

The Sunshine Coast Lions Housing Society will own and operate the building. The Greenecourt complex provides independent living and affordable rental housing for seniors 55 years and older, and for adults of any age with disabilities.

“I would like to say how extremely pleased we are with this funding announcement,” said Robert Allen, president, Sunshine Coast Lions Housing Society. “The Sunshine Coast Lions Housing Society would not be able to serve the affordable housing needs of the local community through the Greenecourt complex without the generous funding and operating assistance of BC Housing and the Province of British Columbia, together with the support of the District of Sechelt.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2019.

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