A new affordable housing project for Indigenous families, Elders and individuals has opened 50 new rental units along 17th Avenue.
The Province partnered with the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George (AHSPG) to build the project at 1919 17th Ave which is now partially complete.
The development consists of six two- and three-storey wood-frame townhome buildings. AHSPG will own and operate the buildings, which will provide a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes.
"AHSPG is excited that their dream of empowering the community's vulnerable population to a culturally safe and affordable home is coming to life," said Ruby Baptiste, president of the board of directors, AHSPG.
All units have rents geared to income, with households paying no more than 30 per cent of gross annual income toward their rent. The housing is targeted to those with moderate and low incomes.
Residents will be supported through the AHSPG's future nearby community centre and on-site staff that will connect tenants to local services and programming.
The location is ideal for seniors and families as public transportation, amenities, schools and commercial services are all located within walking distance.
"The 50 new affordable homes will make meaningful change in the lives of all future residents and foster a broader sense of community for Indigenous Peoples and the City of Prince George. This new development is an exciting initiative and a wonderful example of how AHMA members are leading the change for Indigenous housing across British Columbia,” Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Management Association.
These new homes comprise the first of a four-phase housing development.
The second phase will provide 35 supportive homes for Indigenous Elders and seniors experiencing or at risk of homelessness. These homes are expected to open in summer 2022.
"There is an urgent need for affordable homes for Indigenous families and individuals in Prince George, and throughout the province," said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing.
"We're responding by building safe, comfortable homes like this in partnership with Indigenous organizations and governments, but we can't respond to all the demand ourselves. We need the federal government at the very least to match provincial funding so that more Indigenous housing can be built across B.C."
This project is part of B.C.'s 10-year, $7-billion housing plan. Since 2017, the Province has funded more than 32,000 affordable new homes that have been completed or are underway for people in B.C., including approximately 340 in Prince George