Construction of supportive housing for the homeless in Chilliwack should start soon. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Construction of supportive housing for the homeless in Chilliwack should start soon. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Work on modular housing in downtown Chilliwack set to start

BC Housing official says work on the foundation and site prep should begin this week

The need for safe and supportive housing for Chilliwack’s most vulnerable is top of mind as the colder weather draws near.

The old Traders Inn site is almost ready for construction to start on the 46 units of modular housing.

The initial plans called for an early 2019 opening and a BC Housing official has confirmed that timeline is still on track.

“The project is on schedule and requires the City (of Chilliwack) to approve the building permit, which is expected next week,” said spokesperson Laura Mathews in an email from BC Housing.

Site preparation and foundation work is set to start shortly.

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“The modular units are under construction in the factory and (will be) transported to the site by about the end of November, when the foundation is ready,” Mathews said.

Construction is expected to be completed in time for tenants to move in February 2019.

“The Province recognizes there is a great need for supportive housing in the community,” according to the rep.

Criteria for tenants will focus on low-income adults who live in the community with a history of homelessness who need additional support to stay housed.

They’ll have access to wrap-around support with an ICM team on-site, and daily meal services. Staff will be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure tenants are safe, and the property is well maintained.

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Tenants will share a communal kitchen, dining space, and medical room, but each will have a private rental unit to call their own.

“BC Housing is excited to partner with the City of Chilliwack and Raincity Housing to provide 46 much needed homes for people struggling with homelessness.”

City officials confirmed the building permit process is underway for the Yale Road site. A second modular housing facility is also under development on Trethewey Avenue.

“Regarding the timeline for the modular housing project at 45944 Yale Road, staff are working with the contractor to ensure all the building permit requirements are met,” said City of Chilliwack spokesperson Liana Wiebe.

“This is a high priority application and we are looking forward to its successful completion as this project will bring much needed supports to some of our most vulnerable.”


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The old Traders Inn site is awaiting the start of modular housing construction in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

The old Traders Inn site is awaiting the start of modular housing construction in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)