The Homalco First Nation wants to build new affordable housing units on its reserve south of Jubilee Parkway, and in a draft letter of support, the City of Campbell River says it’s backing the project.
A Community Housing Fund application through BC Housing is now in the works for the 20-unit development.
The new housing will see a variety of unit sizes and types, replacing a handful of existing units that no longer meet the needs of residents.
In the draft letter, Mayor Andy Adams says council is pleased to back the nation’s application to BC Housing. He says non-market housing in Campbell River is “much needed.”
“We are very encouraged by the news that funding opportunities to increase housing solutions are actively being pursued,” Adams says.
“Our region has experienced significant growth in recent years, and with that popularity, comes impacts, particularly on housing supply and demand.”
According to Adams, rising housing prices and low rental vacancy makes accessing affordable appropriate housing around town very challenging for many people.
“This project will increase the affordable housing supply in our region, and be particularly welcoming for Homalco members who want to come home and have on-Nation housing options,” he adds.
The City notes that Adams’ letter is a draft letter of support. This means council has not yet had an opportunity to discuss it. The draft letter is now on the agenda to be considered at the next council meeting, set for Monday Jan. 11th.