Cheam View United Church in Chilliwack seen on June 9, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Cheam View United Church in Chilliwack seen on June 9, 2021. Construction is expected to start soon on 74 new rental homes on the site funded by the provincial government’s Community Housing Fund. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Cheam View United Church in Chilliwack seen on June 9, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress) Cheam View United Church in Chilliwack seen on June 9, 2021. Construction is expected to start soon on 74 new rental homes on the site funded by the provincial government’s Community Housing Fund. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Provincial Community Housing Fund bringing 74 affordable rental units to downtown Chilliwack

Homes are for seniors, people with mobility challenges, and families with low to moderate incomes

Seventy-four new rental units are coming to downtown Chilliwack, earmarked for seniors, people who experience mobility challenges, and families with low to moderate incomes.

NDP MLAs Dan Coulter (Chilliwack) and Kelli Paddon (Chilliwack-Kent) announced the project Friday (June 4).

Working in partnership with the Mamele’awt Qweesome & To’o Housing Society, the project will be built at 45835 Spadina Avenue. Cheam View United Church currently resides on the half-acre site.

“These 74 new homes will ensure that as Chilliwack continues to grow, there will be affordable options for seniors and folks with mobility challenges,” Coulter said. “As a person with a physical disability, I know how important it is to fund housing projects like this that meet specific needs. I’m looking forward to seeing this project come to life.”

This is one of 47 projects selected in the second intake of the Building BC: Community Housing Fund (CHF). These projects have 50 per cent of units for households with incomes up to $64,000, 30 per cent for households with incomes up to approximately $74,000, and 20 per cent for households with very low incomes (including those on income or disability assistance).

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More than 1,000 of the 2,455 new homes being built province-wide will be for Indigenous individuals, families, and Elders.

Paddon is excited about that, and the opportunity to partner with Mamele’awt Qweesome & To’o Housing Society, which has been working in the Fraser Valley for 30-plus years.

“It’s always a bonus when we can partner with community and Indigenous-led organizations,” she said.

The CHF is part of the NDP government’s 10-year $7-billion housing plan. The CHF is an investment of $1.9 billion to build more than 14,000 affordable rental homes for low to moderate income families and individuals. Three and a half years in, more than 8,600 of these homes are already open, under construction or in development.

Twenty-three low to moderate income homes in Chilliwack were previously announced in partnership with the Tzeachten First Nation.

A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in B.C. is available online at bchousing.org/homes-for-BC


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