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July 27, 2022, 1:15 pm

Canada and BC Create 30 New Affordable Rental Homes in Sparwood

Columbia Basin Trust
SPARWOOD - Everyone deserves a safe and affordable home. Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West and Minister Responsible for Columbia Basin Trust, Katey Taylor, Executive Director, Elk Valley Family Society and Johnny Strilaeff, President and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust, announced nearly $7 million in funding for 30 affordable rental homes for single parent families, seniors and people living with disabilities in Sparwood. 

The Government of Canada is contributing $2 million through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF), while the province, through BC Housing, is providing approximately $3.65 million through the Community Housing Fund. Additionally, the Columbia Basin Trust is contributing approximately $812,000. 

The new development at 400 Evergreen Crescent is a four-storey building consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes for people with moderate and low incomes. Seven of the units will be accessible. The building will have laundry rooms on each floor as well as an indoor-outdoor amenity space on the ground floor, featuring a semi-covered patio, sheltered gathering area and children’s play space. 

Elk Valley Family Society will own and operate the building. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

“Over the years, the Elk Valley Family Society has provided a number of housing options in Sparwood and Fernie, and we congratulate it for adding 30 more units that will make a difference in the lives of local residents,” said Johnny Strilaeff, President and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust. “Thank you to all the project’s supporters for helping to address a priority of people in this region.” 

Read the full release here.

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