Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District Board has voted to provide $80,000 to the Regional Housing Trust for funding of eight one-bedroom units of supportive, transitional housing at the Cridge Centre for the Family. The Cridge units will be constructed for older, single, homeless women. Supportive transitional housing refers to housing which is offered for a limited time (up to three years), allowing community members to successfully move on with their lives.
The Regional Housing Trust will also continue to implement the Regional Housing Affordability Strategy by working in partnership with the Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness through the Regional Housing Secretariat. Annual funding of $150,000 has been provided by the CRD for the core operations of the Coalition. In addition, direct contributions toward affordable housing projects are provided through the Regional Housing Trust Fund.
Since its inception in 2005 the Regional Housing Trust Fund (RHTF) has participated in funding over 200 units of affordable housing and currently raises $823,000 annually for funding new housing units with 10 of the 13 municipalities participating. It is hoped that this initiative will have full regional participation in the future, in order to maximize the leveraging of available funding. In 2009 the RHTF will be undergoing a five year evaluation review.
Past Regional Housing Trust funding projects have included:
- 23 one-bedroom units for older single women who have left abusive relationships, at the Victoria Women’s Transitional House
- 22 one-bedroom assisted living units for seniors, at Beckley Farm Lodge
- 27 special needs units, with Salt Spring Island’s Community Services Society
- 6 units for Native youth at risk, with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre
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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications, CRD