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Construction underway on Victoria’s new supportive housing project

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Construction is well underway on Victoria’s newest supportive housing site, which will shelter many of the area’s vulnerable population once operational.

BC Housing says the first modular units are now being installed at 1176 Yates Street. It’s a project that will eventually see around 40 homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Crews are currently busily involved in the “craning” process—where modular sections of the building are moved into place with a crane, BC Housing said on Monday.

This work started last Monday, March 14th, and was anticipated to last for a week. Drivers are warned of traffic delays along Yates Street in the Fernwood neighbourhood, as crews hold and direct traffic.

The BC government provided around $1.8 million through the Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund to purchase the property, in an effort to help build housing solutions for those in need, according to BC Housing.

It says the site, to be operated by PHS Community Services Society, will see each unit in the building include self-contained studio homes with a private bathroom and kitchen.

Residents will also have access to 24/7 on-site staff and support services, including programs, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness support services.

When the Yates Street project was first announced, Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Carole James said it was “the next step” in ongoing work to ensure vulnerable people in Victoria have a place to call home.

“We know supportive housing makes a real difference for the residents and for communities, and we will continue to work with our partners to move people into the homes they deserve,” said James.

Working with the City of Victoria, BC Housing adds that this new project is one of six that will deliver hundreds of permanent supportive homes for people across the Capital Region.

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