BC Housing gives Valemount Cares the green light
It is with great excitement that the Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society shares the news that Hon. David Eby, BC Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, announced on June 4 that Valemount Cares is one of 47 projects announced by the province to be selected through Building BC’s Community Housing Fund.
BC Housing’s approval is a major milestone and gives us reason to celebrate. The province will fund the residential portion of the facility. This approval paves the way for other federal agencies like CMHC and Federation of Canadian Municipalities to fund the residential and supportive living spaces in the development.
In the coming weeks, we will have a sense of timelines for construction as we sit down with BC Housing to learn about their design and development approval processes. We will be leaning heavily on our strong development consultant and architect team from David Nairne & Associates who have guided and developed many housing projects in the small municipalities and First Nations communities and are well versed with BC Housing’s guidelines and approvals.
If it weren’t for council and staff at the Village of Valemount, we wouldn’t even be in the position to consider a new development. By providing land, finding grants for a new lift station to service the property and allocating staff resources to move this project along, we have a strong partner and ally. We’re also grateful to local groups and individuals who have supported the project through money, letters, sweat and prayers.
We also have a lot to do ahead. While the Village and BC Housing have confirmed their roles in this partnership for the bricks and mortar portion of Valemount Cares, we also need that from other funders and fundraise for a Supportive Living facility for seniors. We will be working with Northern Health and other service providers to deliver supportive living services at affordable costs for the residents of Valemount Cares.
If you want to stay updated, involved, donate, or have questions about the new seniors’ facility, you can contact the Project Lead Rashmi at [email protected] or 250 566 1302.