VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia is investing $291 million over two years to build 2,000 units of modular supportive housing.
Manufacturers from Penticton, Courtenay, Westbank, Kelowna and Kamloops are building the modular units.
Horizon North is building 114 new supportive homes for two sites in Kamloops, with 52 units for the first site intended for those experiencing homelessness and the second site featuring 62 units.
Both projects are estimated for completion before winter 2018.
“Housing assistance for vulnerable citizens requires courage and conviction to tackle the problem and a commitment to a solution from all parties,” Horizon North president and CEO Rod Graham said in a statement.
“Using our two modular manufacturing facilities in British Columbia, Horizon North is committed to playing a critical role in the provincial government’s objective of addressing the gap in accommodations for people in need.
“In part because of the strong support and vision of BC Housing, we have increased our British Columbia personnel headcount across all aspects of our business over the last 12 months. Our recent acquisition of 35,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Aldergrove brings an additional 31 employees into our organization, and we continue to seek talented tradespeople in Aldergrove and Kamloops to fill new and established positions.”
The projects are part of the provincial housing plan announced in the 2017 budget, and an additional 2,500 new homes and 24/7 support services were announced as part of Budget 2018.
BC Housing will put out a proposal call in the coming weeks for non-profits and local governments to partner on the 2,500-unit homeless initiative.
“With 2,000 units of modular housing in development in communities throughout British Columbia, this program alone is adding jobs through the use of B.C. manufacturers and the employment of skilled workers in the province,” added B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson.