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BC Housing purchases land in Courtenay for supportive housing and shelter

Construction is scheduled to begin early in 2025 at 925 Braidwood Rd. in Courtenay
BC Housing has finalized the purchase of 925 Braidwood Ave. in Courtenay, for $4 million through the Supportive Housing Fund. Construction is scheduled to begin early in 2025. Photo via Google Maps

BC Housing has purchased land for a proposed supportive housing and permanent overnight shelter in Courtenay.

On Thursday, March 28, BC Housing announced the purchase of 925 Braidwood Rd. for $4 million through the Supportive Housing Fund.

Once approved by the city council, the site will be rezoned for the proposed use. Construction is scheduled to begin early in 2025.

The housing project will contain approximately 60 units, as well as a separate, permanent, purpose-built shelter with room for approximately 40 beds. The buildings are also proposed to have additional space to be used as an extreme weather response (EWR) shelter during cold weather.

“The City of Courtenay is thankful to the province and BC Housing for their continued efforts to provide much-needed permanent shelter and supportive housing,” said Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells. “The existing lease for the Connect Centre has always been a temporary measure. The proposed development application for the newly purchased property will be a top priority for council and staff, and we look forward to working with BC Housing and social service providers to address this significant need in our community.”

BC Housing will reach out to local businesses and neighbours this spring, ahead of rezoning, to share more information with the community about the project.

“Our community has been working hard to find a new location for a more permanent shelter solution so people experiencing homelessness have additional support,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “Today’s announcement signifies a great step in the partnership between the Province and the City of Courtenay to work together to provide supportive housing and shelter in our community.”

The project is part of a $19-billion housing investment by the B.C. government.

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