Supportive Housing In Terrace Breaks Ground

Marek Tkach

Construction is underway on Olson Avenue in Terrace, as the Provincial Government reaffirmed their commitment that 52 new units of affordable housing will be up and running by winter.

"This means that people living on the streets, living rough, living in the woods; they're going to have a warm dry place to stay." The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson said.

Terrace Councillor Stacey Tyers has lobbied for the housing since 2007, and today ground broke on the three- story, 52 studio unit supportive housing project.

"It'll be even more exciting when they are actually there, and people are moving in. I'm not going to lie it made me weepy. We've spent a lot of time just trying to keep people alive in the winters here so having a warm safe space to go is amazing."

The housing is being funded by the province through the NDP government's Rapid Response to Homelessness program, and this particular project has a 10.1- million dollar price tag, including an operating subsidy.

"I think we're doing amazing things, but these sort of supportive homes make an immediate difference, and we've worked quickly in order to deliver on this program." Robinson continued.

The Ksan House Society will operate the housing at 4523 Olson Ave, where residents will have access to around-the clock on-site staff and support.