Republished with permission on Sunday April 12, 2009.
Written by Citizen staff
Friday, 10 April 2009
Seniors and those with disabilities in north-central B.C. will have 56 new, accessible housing units by the end of 2009.
Pat Bell, MLA for Prince George North, has been making one announcement following another this past week about the $160,000-modular units that will provide options for "safe, secure and affordable housing."
The $9.6-million project funded by the provincial government is providing 30 units at 7054 Hart Highway in Prince George, 10 units in McBride and eight each in Mackenzie and Valemount.
Its a way for people facing challenges in their own homes to transition to a higher level of support, he said.
The "cottage-style housing units are now in the design building process and will go up quickly" once the communities involved have put in the services and poured the concrete pads.
The units are part of the provincial government's new Seniors' Rental Housing initiative which will create up to 1,000 new housing units across the province. Construction of the first 218 units should start in 19 communities over the next few months, creating close to 800 jobs.