An image from a graphic on modular homes on the B.C. government website. (B.C. government image)

Province, city announce plan to stack modular homes in south Nanaimo

B.C. government announced a supportive-housing complex to be constructed on Cranberry Avenue

A 44-unit modular home building planned for south Nanaimo will house those who are homeless, or who are at risk for homelessness.

The B.C. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced Thursday a supportive-housing complex to be constructed on Cranberry Avenue through a partnership with the City of Nanaimo.

A $7.25 million investment in the project is part of the province’s modular-housing program, according to a press release from the ministry.

“The people of Nanaimo know that more needs to be done to address homelessness,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, in the release. “These supportive housing units are an important first step, and I look forward to our government doing even more to address the lack of affordable housing in the region.”

Each of the units include a private bathroom and a kitchen and residents will have access to shared spaces and a meal program. The housing will be complemented by 24-hour support services.

“The modular-housing initiative provides an opportunity for this community to take action and provide safe and affordable housing for residents who have not been able to find a place to live in Nanaimo,” said Mayor Bill McKay in the release. “As such, we welcome the opportunity to work with our provincial government partners on this important project and will continue to work collaboratively to create affordable housing options.”

A goal of the program, according to the province, is to help people transition toward more permanent housing.

Pacifica Housing, will operate the facility; it also operates supportive housing at Nanaimo’s Uplands Walk complex.

There will be an open house for neighbouring residents and businesses to discuss the project Jan. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at 1400 Cranberry Ave. According to the province, construction on the project could begin as soon as this spring.

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