Supportive Housing Projects Open in Terrace

John Crawford

The Ksan Society celebrated the opening of two new housing projects in Terrace Tuesday -- which will provide a total of nearly 100 new affordable homes.

Society executive director Amanda Bains said the opening of Sonder House on Olson Avenue  is a significant milestone for the society -- and for Terrace.


[PHOTO:  Amanda Bains]

The three-storey modular apartment building features 52-units, including three accessible units on the ground floor -- and the Ksan Society will provide residents with meal programs, skills training, and access to health and wellness support.

"We are excited that the people who would not otherwise be able have access to safe, secure housing for services such as daily living, meals, laundry and 24/7 support," she said.


The Ksan Society  has also opened Stone Ridge Estates on Hall Street -- an affordable housing project with modest rents for middle-income earners.

Mayor Carol Leclerc and her city councillors are well aware of the need for affordable housing in Terrace -- since the issue is raised often at council, and a tent set up along the Skeena River across from Ferry Island is a constant reminder that many people in the area do not have a warm, dry place to sleep at night.

""Today's an exciting day -- we have been waiting a long time for this... in Terrace, we have had housing and homeless issues for a number of years, and it is growing;  on top of that, we are also faced with the challenges that mental health and addictions bring," she said during the opening ceremonies.


[PHOTO:   Carol Leclerc, Jennifer Rice] 

The province provided 18.4-million dolllars in capital funding for the Sonder House project and for the recently-opened Stone Ridge Estates affordable housing project on Hall Street.

The city's contribution in land, funding, municipal waivers and other assistance totalled $750,000.

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice, representing the BC government, said it's that kind of local involvement that helps bring projects like this to fruition.

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