(Photo submitted BC Housing)

The first phase of a new housing project in Langford that will add 100 affordable homes for Indigenous people is complete.

In a statement on Wednesday, the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing said that residents will begin moving into 60 new homes at 731 Station Ave on July 15.

The homes range in monthly rent from $375 to $1,500 per month, for a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments.

The ground floor of the Phase 1 development also includes office space for two Indigenous non-profit societies, one of which offers services and programs for Indigenous youth and families.

The project is part of a province-wide initiative aimed at providing more housing for Indigenous families, individuals and Elders.

The Station Ave development is funded and managed through a partnership between the Province, M’akola Housing Society, and the City of Langford.

Premier John Horgan, whose local riding is Langford-Juan de Fuca, said in a statement that housing is foundational for people in the region.

“With these new homes, more Indigenous peoples in Langford will have the peace of mind that comes from having good housing in their community, surrounded by their friends, family and culture,” he added.

Construction of phase 2 of the project is underway, with completion anticipated in fall 2021.

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