It appears that BC Housing has indeed purchased the Mount Edwards building on Vancouver Street with plans to convert it into a support housing facility for the city’s homeless.
CHEK News is reporting they have confirmed that BC Housing has purchased Mount Edwards from Baptist Housing. The sale, which was through the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation, went through this week for $3.5 million.
A message posted on the Cool Aid Society website states that there have been very positive developments over the past week for the Mount Edwards proposal, but also went on to say they were unable to share more.
Alan Rycroft, community relations for Victoria Cool Aid Society tells Victoria Buzz, he expects an official announcement from the province tomorrow.
Victoria Cool Aid Society is hoping to convert the property into low-barrier housing for the homeless.
If all goes to plan, the former Baptist Housing complex will be turned into more than 100 suites for those who are considered “hard to house.”
Several sources have indicated the BC government will apply for a court injunction to enforce removal of campers on the courthouse property located at Burdett and Quadra.
Victoria’s former youth jail is being eyed as a possible site to house the homeless as the B.C. government tries to move camps out of the controversial “Tent City” that has sprung up on the lawns of the Victoria Courthouse.