Lee Pratt, mayor, City of Cranbrook –

Lee Pratt, mayor, City of Cranbrook has said that this is a great project serving a huge need in our community. Our vacancy rate has been at a critical stage for some time and this will help alleviate some of that. Affordable housing is an issue throughout the province, and the City of Cranbrook is thankful the Aqanttanam Housing Society recognized this and was chosen to receive support. We are also very thankful to Columbia Basin Trust for its support.”

Johnny Strilaeff, president and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust said that non-profits work hard to build affordable housing that basin communities need, often with limited staff and resources. The trust has partnered with the Aqanttanam Housing Society throughout the project from concept to construction funding. An incredible amount of effort has already gone into this project with construction about to begin. These affordable housing units will be a significant addition to Cranbrook as we continue supporting healthy and resilient communities.”

Construction is underway on 39 new affordable rental homes for Indigenous peoples in Cranbrook through a partnership between the Province, Aqanttanam Housing Society and the City of Cranbrook.

“Many Indigenous people don’t have access to the affordable housing they need,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Reconciliation means continuing to work in partnership with Indigenous leaders, Indigenous housing providers and First Nations to build much-needed new, affordable homes like these for Indigenous peoples across B.C.”

The Province is partnering with the Aqanttanam Housing Society, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association and the City of Cranbrook to build the Chief Agnes McCoy Centre, a mix of below-market rent and low-cost homes for Indigenous families, Elders, seniors and individuals. The three-storey wood-frame building, located at 619 Sixth St. NW, will include one, two- and three-bedroom units.

The society provided the land for the project, and will own and operate the building. The Province is providing $7.8 million through the Indigenous Housing Fund, an annual operating subsidy of approximately $24,000, as well as construction financing. Columbia Basin Trust provided a $454,200 grant for the project.

Construction for this project started in September 2019 and is scheduled to be complete by fall 2020.

Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.