Two new affordable housing projects are on the way to Sooke that will provide 75 affordable rental homes for people with low to moderate incomes, along with 33 supportive homes for people experiencing homelessness in the community.

Construction is set to begin this month at 2170 Charters Road and the building is estimated to open in 2022.

The project is a partnership between the Province, M’akola Housing Society, the federal government and the Capital Regional District.

The building will provide studio, one, two, and three-bedroom homes for individuals, Elders, seniors, and families.

“Everyone deserves safe and secure housing. After so many years, these new homes will mean more people and families in Sooke have the affordable housing and support they need,” said Premier John Horgan, who is also MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca.

He said these projects are an “important step towards advancing the continuum of care for those experiencing homelessness.”

In addition, the Province, through BC Housing, has purchased the Hope Centre at 6750 West Coast Road.

The Hope Centre will undergo renovations to accommodate 33 supportive homes, a service hub with six shelter beds, training/outreach services and a commercial kitchen.

While the Hope Centre currently provides rental homes for people with low incomes, M’akola will work with these residents to discuss their future plans and support those who wish to stay or transition to other housing options.

The Sooke Shelter society will operate the new building with staff on site 24/7 to provide support services to residents, including life skills training, mentorship and other programming.

President of the Sooke Shelter Society, Sherry Thompson, said, “These projects will provide residents with many of the supports they need to move forward with their lives.”

A community advisory committee (CAC) will be formed, which will include project partners and neighbourhood representatives. The CAC will oversee the project’s integration within the community and help address any concerns that may arise.

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