Modular help for homeless delivered to the South Okanagan

The inside of a modular home unit managed by the Vancouver Affordable Housing Authority. Photo: VAHA

The BC government’s modular home program has come to the South Okanagan.

The province announced Wednesday it now has a partnership with the City of Penticton to provide 52 modular homes to people experiencing homelessness in the South Okanagan.

The modular units will provide urgent housing and support services for those who need it most, the province says. The units will have 24/7 staffing, administered through a non-profit housing partner.

Each modular building will provide self-contained units with personal kitchens and washrooms.

Services to help residents stabilize and rebuild their lives will also be offered.

“We’ve been working hard to help facilitate many of the non-profits along with the Province to address homelessness and housing affordability,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit.

“Housing is the main foundation for a person’s physical well-being, mental health, and opportunity to regain dignity and become a productive contributor to a community.”

Penticton is the eighth B.C. municipality to access the Province’s new modular housing program.

More than 1,000 units are now confirmed in communities throughout British Columbia. The province has a goal to add 2,000 homes over two years, investing $291 million to accomplish the task.

Another $170 million is expected to be invested over three years to provide 24/7 staffing and support services for the units.

“There are too many people in British Columbia who are struggling to get by and don’t have a safe and secure place to go,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

“These first 1,000 units of modular housing demonstrate our government’s commitment to act quickly and make sure people not only have a place to call home, but that they are receiving the appropriate support they need to improve their daily lives.”

The B.C. government is working closely with the city to identify a site for the development and is providing approximately $8 million for this modular-housing project.

 

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