Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board today approved the recommendation to allocate $1.8 million from the Federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy for the Hope Centre affordable housing project.
The 25 unit housing project was proposed by the M’akola Housing Society, in partnership with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Located at 6750 West Coast Road in Sooke, Hope Centre will target Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth from Sooke and Greater Victoria.
“Youth face unique barriers in their attempts to secure affordable, safe housing,” said Geoff Young, CRD Board Chair. “The Hope Centre will help meet an identified need in our region – to help youth who are homeless or at risk of being homeless achieve stability and independence.”
“It is critical that as a region we advance projects like Hope Centre that support youth who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness,” said Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin, and co-chair of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. “To really end homelessness we must provide housing and support options for all demographics in our community. Hope Centre is an important project and I am thrilled to see it move ahead.”
The CRD was approved by the federal government as the Community Entity (CE) for Greater Victoria in March 2011, under the Federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy program. Under the agreement, the CRD carries out due diligence and awards funding for capital projects in the region. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness acts as the Community Advisory Board (CAB) under the program, making recommendations on project selection.
“The Coalition as the Community Advisory Board for the HPS is pleased to approve the funding for this project. Hope Centre is the top project on the Housing Pipeline List released at our AGM in September, “said Andrew Wynn-Williams, Executive Director, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.
In March 2012, the CAB carried out a call for proposals to allocate the approximate $1.8 million of available federal funding for 2011 – 2014. Four application packages were received and following evaluation, the Hope Centre was identified as the top ranking application. Applicants are currently working with BC Housing to secure additional funding.
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CRD Corporate Communications
Director Corporate Communications, City of Victoria