While it undoubtedly seems like a long wait for some people, the affordable housing project on Third Street SW is moving along as planned.
This past summer, BC Housing announced a project in Salmon Arm in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It consists of construction of 67 affordable housing units, as well as an additional 38 units with on-site supports for people who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
BC Housing reported to the Observer on Nov. 7 that construction is on schedule for the two four-storey affordable rental buildings at 540 3rd St. SW. The 67 units will be a mix of one- to four-bedroom units for families, seniors and people with disabilities. Rents will be geared to income, which means people will pay approximately 30 per cent of their gross household income. BC Housing states construction of the two buildings is expected to be complete by winter 2020.
In a third adjacent building, the 38 supportive homes will be built for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Each unit will be a self-contained studio home that includes a bathroom and kitchenette. A communal kitchen, dining area and laundry facilities will also be provided on-site. Rent will be set at shelter rates of $375.
BC Housing states construction of the third building will begin March 2020, with completion expected in fall 2021.
Dawn Dunlop, executive director with CMHA Shuswap-Revelstoke, said it’s CMHA’s intention to do some community outreach probably about six months before the new units are complete.
Six months before the new units open, she says, information sessions will be held to let people know how to apply for them.