As many as 14 new rental homes are opening for women and children in North Vancouver.
Located at 151 East 15th St., the homes are located within a new 23-storey building just completed by Chard Development.
The project is a partnership between the Province, the City of North Vancouver, YWCA Metro Vancouver and Chard Development.
YWCA Metro Vancouver will operate the two- and three-bedroom units.
Named May Brown Place, the project will provide affordable homes for low- to moderate-income women and their children.
“May Brown Place will allow single mothers and their children to be able to afford to stay in their community of North Vancouver,” said Lisa Rupert, vice-president, housing and violence prevention, YWCA Metro Vancouver.
BC provided a $1.8-million grant for the project, YWCA Metro Vancouver pitched in $3.64 million, while $130,760 was provided from the federal government’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy program.
Chard Development provided the land at no cost.
In addition to these 14 new homes, the Province is working in partnership to build close to 200 affordable rental homes for low- to moderate-income families and seniors in North Vancouver through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund.
The Province also recently announced a proposal to build 60 supportive homes for single women and women-led families who are at risk of homelessness.
“Precarious housing situations are a reality for so many lone-parent households in the City of North Vancouver. For the 14 families who live there, May Brown Place will provide housing security in a way that some of these women and children have not known for a long time,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale.
“The city is committed to adding much-needed affordable and family-friendly rental units, and as mayor I am extremely proud of the partnership with the Province, Chard Development and the YWCA to make this a reality,” said Linda Buchanan, mayor, City of North Vancouver.
Byron Chard, president and CEO, Chard Development, said the company is committed to providing a diversity of housing across the portfolio and are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with the YWCA, the City of North Vancouver and BC Housing to bring safe, affordable homes to North Vancouver families in need.