New supportive homes coming for seniors, Indigenous Elders in Prince George
PRINCE GEORGE - The Province, through BC Housing, and the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George (AHSPG) are partnering to build 35 new supportive homes for seniors and Indigenous Elders experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in Prince George.
"Thanks to the help and vision of the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George, these 35 new homes will provide the supports and care that older people experiencing homelessness in Prince George need to live independently with dignity," said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. "Our government will continue to do its part to make projects like this a reality - including encouraging the federal government to match our Indigenous housing investments."
Located at 1919 17 Ave., the three-storey building will include 35 accessible studio units, each with a kitchenette and washroom. Seniors who identify as Indigenous and Métis will be prioritized for tenancy.
AHSPG provided the land for the project and will operate the housing. Residents will have access to 24/7 support services, including daily meals, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness support services. The society will provide culturally appropriate supports, including programming that focuses on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. At least two staff members will always be on site.
The new supportive homes will be part of AHSPG's Urban Aboriginal Community development project. The development's goal is to provide safe, affordable housing with on-site access to community and cultural services for urban Indigenous peoples in Prince George. Once completed, the development will include up to 200 affordable rental housing units, a child care facility and spaces for learning, gathering and cultural practice, all on the same 2.8-hectare (seven-acre) lot. This development is the first of its kind in Canada.
"The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is supporting this new innovative project, which will allow more urban Indigenous families to access the affordable, quality and inclusive child care they need," said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. "The new child care facility will help Indigenous children connect to their community, culture and heritage for generations to come."
Kim Hamilton, executive director, AHSPG, said: "We are very excited to have the supportive housing project as part of the Urban Aboriginal Community. Not only will it provide homes for our most vulnerable seniors, but our hope is that these seniors will become part of the community and will have the opportunity to pass on their knowledge to younger generations within this community. This development will provide support to urban Indigenous peoples in Prince George by offering up to 200 units of safe and affordable housing with on-site access to educational, child care, health and wellness, recreational and cultural opportunities."
Construction on the supportive housing is anticipated to be completed by spring 2022.
- The Province is providing approximately $11.4 million grant to the project through the Supportive Housing Fund and will provide an annual operating subsidy of approximately $1.2 million to AHSPG to operate the building.
- In addition to this supportive housing project, the Province is providing funding to two other projects in the Urban Aboriginal Community:
- 50 new affordable rental townhomes for Indigenous families and individuals funded through the Indigenous Housing Fund, which are scheduled to be completed in fall 2021; and
- 57 new affordable rental units for families and individuals funded through the Community Housing Fund, which are scheduled to be completed in spring 2022.
For more information about the Urban Aboriginal Community development, visit: http://ahspg.ca/new-developments
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 learn about the steps the Province is taking to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable homes for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/
Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing