Roger Kishi addresses a crowd at a sod-turning ceremony in May at the Braidwood site. Scott Stanfield photo

Courtenay supportive housing complex under construction

Tenants can move in Feb. 1

By the start of February, tenants will be living at the long-awaited Braidwood supportive housing complex in East Courtenay.

Located at 810 Braidwood Rd., the three-storey building will contain 28 studio apartments and six one-bedroom units, along with a caretaker’s suite, for individuals who are at risk of homelessness. Monthly rental rates will range from $375 to $623 for a studio, and $734 to $757 for a one bedroom.

The M’akola Housing Society will own and operate the building. M’akola and the Wachiay Friendship Centre worked with a number of contributors — namely the City of Courtenay, the CVRD and BC Housing — to make the facility happen. The mortgage exceeds $1 million.

“We’re calling the Braidwood project supportive-like housing,” Roger Kishi, Wachiay’s director of homeless and housing programs, said Monday at Courtenay council. “We have partnerships with AIDS Vancouver Island, LUSH Valley, the Care-A-Van, and Island Health mental health and substance use to provide services to the tenants in the building. The Friendship Centre will try and co-ordinate those services with the tenants. It’s not going to be a requirement of a tenant to participate in services, but we’re certainly going to encourage people.”

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.

“We’re not going to have a problem finding tenants,” Kishi said, noting 34 units is “barely scratching the surface” of the local homelessness situation.

BC Housing has provided nearly $4.7 million for the project, which was originally planned for Cliffe Avenue across from Courtenay City Hall. In 2010, the regional district had purchased a trio of lots for $470,000 for emergency shelter/supportive housing purposes, but some neighboring businesses did not like the idea. The CVRD then transferred ownership of the properties to the City, which later purchased the Braidwood property for $264,500.



reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society inundated with new arrivals at this time of the year

Jane Sproull Thomson Special to Black Press In spring the Mountainaire Avian… Continue reading

Comox spring training cancelled for Snowbirds next month

The team announced that due to ongoing travel restrictions they will not be training in the Valley

442 squadron to perform fly-by over Comox Valley hospital to salute COVID-19 workers

Cormorant helicopter will fly over the hospital at 7 p.m.

Comox Valley Classic Cruisers hitting the road to bring the community together

Residences, hospital, on the list to drive by Thursday night

Comox Valley Art Gallery unveils new public artwork creation by Andy Everson

Stressing the importance of art in times like these, on Sunday K’omoks… Continue reading

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Comox Valley grocers going extra mile during coronavirus

We have had numerous requests to post a fluid article directing consumers… Continue reading

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19 world update: Joy in Wuhan as lockdown lifted; Pope denounces profiteers

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news items from around the world

Merville couple designs rat-proof, backyard composters

A Merville couple has designed a product that is encouraging people to… Continue reading

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

Some Cowichan schools to reopen for children of essential-services workers

Cowichan Valley will open 8 elementary schools this week

RCMP call on kids to name latest foal recruits

The baby horses names are to start with the letter ‘S’

Most Read