VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A centre that helps keep families together in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is getting upgrades worth more than $11 million.
The re-development of the Union Gospel Mission’s Women and Families Centre is one of three affordable housing projects announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Feb. 11.
“This hub has been a refuge to countless women struggling with addiction,” Trudeau said at the announcement. “The new centre will have more beds, as well as trauma counselling, recovery support, job preparation classes and licensed child care.”
He says the federal government is also spending $1.5 million to add hundreds of additional temporary modular homes in the city through the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency.
“This project will give 600 homeless and low income residents temporary shelter, as they work to transition to longer term solutions,” Trudeau said.
Speaking in Vancouver Monday, Trudeau also promised $6 million for a program giving developers an incentive to build more rental homes.
“We’re investing in Vancity’s pre-construction equity loan fund to help create up to 2,500 new, affordable rental homes in Vancouver and across the province,” he said.
These latest announcements are part of a $40 billion, ten year National Housing Strategy initially announced in 2017.