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Braidwood construction complete; first tenant has moved in

Units designed for those at risk of homelessness
The Braidwood housing complex in East Courtenay is ready for tenancy. Scott Stanfield photo

Construction of the Braidwood affordable rental housing complex in East Courtenay is complete, and the first tenant has moved in.

The three-storey, wood-framed building is located at 810 Braidwood Rd. It contains a mix of studios and one-bedroom units — 35 in total, including a manager’s residence — designed for individuals who are at risk of homelessness. Each unit contains a four-piece bathroom and a kitchen.

Six of the units will be rented at the provincial shelter rate of $375 per month. Rents for the other units will range from about $580 to $760 per month.

The complex also includes a common room and office space.

BC Housing has provided nearly $4.7 million for the project, which was originally planned for Cliffe Avenue across from Courtenay City Hall.

The M’akola Housing Society and the Wachiay Friendship Centre are the non-profit operators that will offer outreach, counselling and other supports to tenants.

Wachiay will be the tenant for six of the units, which they will sublet to clients. The other tenants will be selected via application to M’akola.