Revelstoke gets funding for affordable housing project near ambulance station

Columbia Basin Trust to provide funding for 21 unit affordable housing project.

From left: Jan Morton (president, Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society), Johnny Strilaeff (CEO, Columbia Basin Trust), Minister of Children and Family Development and MLA for Kootenay West Katrine Conroy and Mayor of Rossland Kathy Moore break ground at a new affordable housing development in Rossland on May 1, 2018. Photo: Province of BC

Revelstoke is among 10 communities in the Columbia Basin to receive funding to help alleviate the affordable housing crisis. Funding received through Columbia Basin Trust will go towards building a 21-unit affordable housing project that will be operated by the Revelstoke Community Housing Society.

The Revelstoke Community Housing Society plans to build a 21-unit rental housing development located nearby their two existing buildings near Townley Avenue by the BC Ambulance Service station. (More details to come soon on this development; a media release provided by the CBT and the Province of B.C. didn’t provide any further details on the development, such as funding levels or budget.)

A joint media statement from the BC Government and Columbia Basin Trust said  the two parties are working together to build a total of 167 new homes for people in the region struggling to find housing they can afford.

“People living in the Columbia Basin, like the rest of the province, are feeling the weight of the lack of available, affordable housing,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government recognizes the urgent need to create more options for people struggling to find reasonably priced rental homes. These new projects will help make life more affordable for families in the region by delivering the housing they need and can afford.”

The housing projects will increase the availability of affordable rental homes for individuals, families, seniors or those with disabilities, who are earning a low to moderate income.

The projects will be funded by the Columbia Basin Investment in Affordable Housing agreement, announced in December 2017 between the Province and the Columbia Basin Trust. The Province and the trust will provide $14 million each, over the next three years, to create new affordable rental homes in the region.

“We know that housing is essential for healthy and resilient communities,” said Johnny Strilaeff, president and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust. “Our priority is to help ensure residents have access to housing that meets their needs as they vary by community, across the basin.”

The following projects have been selected to receive funding, based on the impact the project will have in reducing the community’s affordable rental housing need:

* Castlegar: 11 units, operated by Kootenay Society for Community Living.

* Fernie: 35 units, operated by Fernie Family Housing Society.

* Invermere: 16 units, operated by Family Dynamix Association.

* Kimberley: 4 units, operated by Kimberley Seniors Project Society.

* Nakusp: 10 units, operated by Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services.

* Nelson: 3 units, operated by Nelson CARES.

* Nelson: 39 units, operated by Share Housing Initiative Society.

* Rossland: 24 units, initiated by the City of Rossland, proposed to be operated by Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society.

* Revelstoke: 21 units, operated by Revelstoke Community Housing Society.

* Slocan: 4 units, operated by Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society.

Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at