Vernon’s newest affordable rental homes welcome families, seniors
VERNON - Families and seniors have access to an additional 29 affordable rental homes for households with low to moderate incomes with the opening of Albert Place 2.
“Affordable housing is crucial to building strong and healthy communities. That’s why we’re addressing the housing shortage with new affordable homes for people who need them most,” said Harwinder Sandhu, MLA for Vernon-Monashee. “Our government knows there are many families and individuals in need of quality affordable housing, and opening projects like this is one of the ways we’re helping make life better for British Columbians.”
Albert Place 2 is the second and final building of the Albert Place housing project, which provides 47 affordable rental homes for seniors and families in Vernon. Located at 3610-25th Ave., the new homes are close to transit, grocery stores, a seniors centre and child care facility.
Monthly rents for the new homes range from $420 to $1,676, depending on unit size and tenant income. Some of the units will be rented to households with very low incomes, such as those receiving income assistance. Others will be for households with low or moderate incomes.
These homes were built through a partnership between the Province, through BC Housing, the City of Vernon and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Vernon and District Branch, which operates both Albert Place and Albert Place 2.
“One of city council’s top priorities over the last four years has been the creation of more accessible and attainable housing for Vernon residents and this project is just one example of how we’re taking action,” said Victor Cumming, mayor, Vernon. “The expansion of Albert Place includes a variety of housing types to provide safe and affordable housing for seniors and families within walking distance of key services, activities and parks. The city is grateful for its partnership with the Province, BC Housing and CMHA to see this project become a reality.”
The Province, through BC Housing, invested approximately $3.1 million for the project through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund and will provide $265,600 in annual operating funding. Albert Place 2 received $250,000 through the Canada-British Columbia Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy.
CMHA Vernon and District Branch provided the land for the building, valued at approximately $372,000. The City of Vernon waived $208,000 in development fees.
The project is part of B.C.’s 10-year, $7-billion housing plan. Since 2017, the Province has funded more than 36,000 affordable new homes in B.C. that are complete or are underway, including more than 600 homes in Vernon.
Ahmed Hussen, federal Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion –
“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. These 29 new rental homes will provide stability and a higher quality of life for families and seniors in need. By investing in affordable housing, we are helping to create a more inclusive society where every Canadian has a chance to succeed. This is one of the many ways our government’s National Housing Strategy continues to ensure no one is left behind.”
Julia Payson, executive director, CMHA - Vernon and District Branch –
“Everyone deserves a roof over their head and a place to call home. Providing a safe, stable home has never been more challenging for lower- and moderate-income families. Crippling monthly housing costs and fear of rental evictions have become a reality for too many in our community. Affordable housing is a significant issue in Vernon; the opening of Alberta Place 2 is crucial as we continue to see the increase in demand for housing options for individuals and families.”
- The Community Housing Fund is an investment of $1.9 billion to build more than 14,000 affordable rental homes over 10 years for people with low and moderate incomes.
- More than 8,900 of these homes are open, under construction or in development throughout the province.
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/