District politicians toured affordable housing units owned by Anhart Community Housing Society, who also plan to construct a 40-unit development in Hope. They are, from left, the foreman on the construction site, Coun. Bob Erikson and Crystal Wiebe from Anhart. Submitted photo

News briefs: Local politicans tour affordable housing in Vancouver

Also Yale First Nation gets housing dollars, district water restrictions start

A delegation from the District of Hope toured a number of Vancouver housing units run by the Anhart Community Housing Society April 23, in preparation for an affordable housing complex in Hope.

Anhart plans to build an affordable housing building at 1270 Ryder St. with 40 units. It’s a number Coun. Bob Erikson said could be doubled, as the need for truly affordable housing is high amongst single people young and old.

Erikson said he saw good quality construction being done on the Vancouver projects and was impressed by one housing complex residents were paid a sum to clean common areas, a unique way of inspiring residents to take pride in their building.

The group toured buildings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and a new modular housing project in the south Vancouver Marpole neighbourhood.

The Hope building is currently waiting for the district rezoning process to start, Anhart board member Crystal Wiebe said.

YALE FIRST NATION GETS HOUSING DOLLARS

A Yale First Nation-led housing program is getting a big financial boost from BC Housing.

The BC First Nation Housing Mentorship Program received a $40,000 grant April 28. This is a big boost for the program, as its initial funding from the Department of Indigenous Services Canada was $25,000.

Started in 2017, the program was created to support housing managers in First Nations communities with their day-to-day work, many who are young and new to the field of housing management.

The grant will go to putting on a series of ten summer workshops and webinars for those who cannot attend the workshops. The first will be held in the Hope area June 15 and 16, covering the basics of on-reserve housing management.

Founder of the program and housing manager at Yale First Nation Crystal Sedore, said the money will also go to financially supporting the work of housing managers.

“If their travel is getting paid and they’re making a small honorarium, then it makes it more feasible for other bands’ administrators to let their housing managers go for a day and help out a neighbour,” she said.

WATERING RESTRICTIONS BEGIN

As the weather warms, the District of Hope is restricting when residents can bring their hoses out for watering.

The district announced stage two watering restrictions Tuesday, which will remain in place until September 30.

Water users are allowed to water outdoors on alternate odd or even calendar days, depending on their addresses: even addresses can water on even days and odd addresses on odd days. All water users can water only between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hand watering does not face similar restrictions, it is allowed any time regardless of the restriction.


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