Bill Raddatz

Bill Raddatz

Low-income housing to be built in Chilliwack with $6m boost

The housing project will feature 35 units of affordable housing on Princess Avenue, adjacent their existing mission facilities

It was the second big affordable-housing news announcement of the day for Chilliwack.

Ruth and Naomi’s Mission unveiled plans Monday to build a new six-storey Family Centre thanks to $6 million in capital funding announced by the B.C. government.

The new affordable housing project in downtown Chilliwack will feature 35 units for low-income families, constructed next to their existing mission building.

Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said the province is keenly aware that overly expensive housing across Lower Mainland has “bad repercussions” for low income earners.

“We are happy to announce today that we are providing Ruth & Naomi’s Mission with the means to build 35 units with $6 million in provincial funding,” said Throness.

A total of almost 5000 B.C. homes have been constructed for people on low incomes.

“I’m very proud to be part of a community that really cares about people, and part of a government that puts its money where its mouth is by announcing $17 million in one day for affordable housing,” said Throness.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz called the Family Centre a “fabulous” idea that has everyone excited.

She made a point of inviting the crowd at the RAN mission to attend the upcoming rezoning hearing at city hall for the new Family Centre.

“I want to invite each and every one of you to come to city hall, and say why you think this is a fine idea.

“For those of you who have been struggling to get housing, come out and tell us what that struggle is like in your life.”

A mission dinner guest in the crowd interrupted the mayor to ask: “So are there any restrictions to the housing?”

He unknowingly drew attention to the elephant in the room, by referring to restrictions of having to be clean and sober in order to be a resident in most types of housing.

Gaetz said she was just talking about the rezoning hearing that the legislation requires at city hall, not the qualifications for residency in the new housing.

“We can talk about that,” she said.

The complex will be constructed in the space now occupied by single-family homes at 46123 and 46135 Princess Ave. Those structures will be demolished prior to construction of the new family centre with services on the first two floors.

Chilliwack MLA John Martin praised the huge amount of work dedicated to the project.

“All over the province, jurisdictions are facing the very same challenges of lack of affordable housing, and a lack of shelter, like we are seeing in Chilliwack.”

RAN executive director Bill Raddatz said the first community information meeting Saturday on the project went well.

“They were excited and I was ecstatic about because I did not expect that,” he said.

He said the $6 million funding for RAN means a lot to them, thanked the funding partners, the board, supporter, and said the mission will continue its vision of transforming lives.

“Healthier people will make Chilliwack a healthier place to live.”

The funding announcement for RAN was part of a one-two punch for Chilliwack. A total of $17 million from BC Housing came through Monday, including the $6 million Family Centre for Ruth & Naomi’s and $11 million for the 80-unit Urban Village by MQHS.

 

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

Just Posted

RCMP Emergency Response Team members on Charles Street in Chilliwack on Jan. 15, 2021 after an undisclosed threat was made by a male. The matter was resolved peacefully. (Darcy Loewen photo)
Heavy Chilliwack RCMP presence on Charles Street Friday after ‘disturbing’ phone call

Man who made threats to harm self and others eventually taken into custody unharmed

Two people were in a vehicle that rolled over on Highway No. 1 near Lickman Road. They are now out of the vehicle. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Vehicle rolls over on Highway 1 near Lickman Road in Chilliwack

Two people in SUV at time of collision in westbound lanes

Both eastbound lanes are completely west of exit 135 on Highway 1. (Google maps)
UPDATE: Traffic now getting through following car collision on Highway 1 in Chilliwack

Incident happened shortly just west of exit 135 for Agassiz/Harrison Hot Springs

Carin Bondar announced Nov. 26 that she will be running in the upcoming byelection to replace outgoing school trustee Dan Coulter. (Sarah Sovereign Photography)
Chilliwack school board candidate Carin Bondar calls for vote-by-mail option

As the COVID pandemic continues, Bondar fears voter turnout will be low for next month’s byelection

The route of the pink parade. The Record has blackened out the name of the teen. Facebook photo.
Pink-vehicle parade to be held Sunday in support of transgender teen assaulted in Mission

Teen and family to watch parade drive single file along waterfront at 3 p.m., Jan. 17

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the press theatre at the B.C. legislature for an update on COVID-19, Jan. 7, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 spread steady with 509 new cases Friday

Hospitalized and critical care cases decline, nine deaths

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Delta Hospice Society operates the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care (pictured) and the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner. (The Canadian Press photo)
Fraser Health to evict Delta Hospice Society, open new hospice beds next door

Health authority will serve DHS 30 days’ notice when service agreement expires Feb. 25

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Most Read