Family Centre at Ruth and Naomi’s Mission is taking in tenants

A grand opening for the new affordable housing complex in Chilliwack is set for Friday, May 10

Construction on the 36-unit Family Centre at Ruth & Naomi’s Mission is now complete.

They’re ready to celebrate the completion milestone of the new affordable housing project with a grand opening on May 10.

“It is finished, and we are totally excited about it,” said RAN executive director Bill Raddatz.

Rents are about 40 per cent below market rates with the three-bedroom unit at $950 per month, the two-bedroom at $850; the one-bedroom at $750, and the bachelor at $650 per month.

Tenants started moving into the six-storey building last week, and staff was in the building since earlier in April.

An open house for the public to view the completed Family Centre is on Thursday, May 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., and the Grand Opening celebration is Friday, May 10, starting at 2 p.m.

The RAN Spring Fundraiser is May 10, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Main Street Church.

“But as I told staff that when we come in on the following Monday, that’s when reality takes hold. There are still lots of details to finish,” Raddatz said, ticking off the details about the daycare, wellness centre and teaching kitchen that will be on the first two floors.

They are almost at 70 per cent full in the new building already, with 25 of the 36 units rented out.

“We are here to help families,” Raddatz added. “We are to make families more stable and better off, physically, spiritually financially and emotionally.”

They are still taking applications for the two-bedroom and one-bedroom units, but all of the three-bedrooms are spoken for.

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