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New affordable rental homes open in Campbell River

Linda’s Place is welcoming its new residents.

People with low to moderate incomes, including those with brain injuries and their families, are now moving into the 27 unit building on 9th Avenue in Campbell River.

The building is a partnership between the federal government, the province and the Campbell River Head Injury Support Society.

“These new homes will provide new opportunities, security and peace of mind for brain injury survivors and their families,” said North Island MLA Claire Trevena. “Our government will continue to work with partners to invest in homes, like the 27 affordable homes at Linda’s Place, to help create healthy and thriving communities.”

The four-storey building includes a mix of studio, and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

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Nine of the units are allocated to people with brain injuries and their families, with rents at or near the shelter rate allowance for people with disabilities.

The remaining 18 units will be rented at below-market rents, ranging from $750 to $1,250 per month.

People started moving into their homes earlier this month.

“On behalf of the City of Campbell River council and community, we thank the continued efforts of the Campbell River Head Injury Society and greatly appreciate the provincial and federal funding support for this important and much-needed community housing resource,” said Mayor Andy Adams. “The city has been proud to support this project through waiving development and other cost charges, and to advocate on behalf of the people leading the charge on the development of Linda’s Place over the years.”

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The Campbell River Head Injury Support Society, which provides education, support, advocacy and fellowship to brain injury survivors, caregivers and the public about brain injury, will operate the housing.

The society created a brain injury-specific housing program back in 2011 and will provide support services and daily contact with a support worker for brain-injured tenants.

“We are very excited for Linda’s Place, where we now have 27 affordable homes to offer to our members and the community,” said Campbell River Head Injury Support Society executive director Shelley Howard. “Being able to spend less on rent means more money in their pocket, which means a better quality of life. We are thankful to so many who helped us make this dream a reality.”

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