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SQUAMISH, BC, April 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Everyone in Canada deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that affordable housing is key to Canada’s recovery, including in communities such as Squamish.
Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country, David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services and Long-Term Care, and Mayor Karen Elliott, District of Squamish, announced the grand opening of Westwinds building, creating 232 new affordable rental homes for low-income seniors living in Squamish.
The Government of Canada provided $40.55 million in funding for this project. The realization of Westwinds is the result of a partnership between the Government of Canada through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Province, through BC Housing, the District of Squamish, Squamish Senior Living Society and Polygon Homes.
Squamish Senior Living Society will operate the new homes. Monthly rents will range between $767 and $990, depending on tenant income. Located at 38275 Third Ave., the five-story building features a mix of one-bedroom and one-bedroom plus den units, eight of which are wheelchair accessible. Residents will also have access to a range of amenities, including a fitness area, multi-purpose common areas, and storage space for personal items, bicycles and scooters. Residents will begin moving in on April 8, 2022.
"Seniors are a vital part of the Squamish community and this housing complex is going to help hundreds of low-income seniors gain access to high quality affordable housing. That’s why our government has invested nearly $40.6 million, and the vision of Squamish Senior Living Society has been realized in this new 232 unit building. This is the National Housing Strategy at work." – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
"At least 232 low-income seniors in Squamish will have a new place to call home with the Westwind Housing Project opening its doors. Westwind will ensure a growing demographic of Squamish residents have access to safe and affordable accommodation in their fast-growing community. Important programming and services will be available within the building to support a high quality of life for all residents. This project shows what can be accomplished when all orders of government, non-profits, and the private sector are committed to work together to deliver affordable housing in our region." – Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country
"With the opening of this building, hundreds of low-income seniors in Squamish will have the security and peace of mind that comes with having an affordable place to call home. We are working with all levels of government, and the non-profit and private sectors, to deliver quality homes for seniors throughout the province, so they can live independently in their communities." – The Honourable David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing
"This development will make a significant difference for hundreds of seniors in Squamish, who deserve to have a safe and affordable place to live, close to friends and loved ones. We will continue to work with our partners to address the need for seniors’ housing throughout the province." – Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services and Long-Term Care
"The District of Squamish is incredibly pleased to support this project and to now witness the success as our community’s seniors get ready to move in. Housing affordability is one of our most urgent issues and it takes all levels of government, our dedicated non-profits as well as private developers, to make a difference. Ensuring that safe and affordable housing is available to support residents at all stages of their lives is critical for a healthy community, and this project helps substantially towards this goal. As Squamish works to address housing affordability across the housing continuum, we thank all partners for their collaborative efforts to bring this to reality." – Mayor Karen Elliott, District of Squamish
"Squamish Senior Living Society is pleased to announce the opening of Westwinds. This project has been a unique collaboration between three levels of Government, the private sector and the Society. We are very grateful to our development partner, Polygon Homes, which has managed to deliver a beautiful and well constructed building that has surpassed all of our expectations. The society looks forward to meeting the housing needs of Seniors in Squamish and the surrounding area for many years to come." – Laura Modray, Executive Director, Squamish Senior Living Society
"Polygon is proud of our involvement in the design and construction of Westwinds. It has been a privilege for our team to work with the Squamish Senior Living Society and all levels of government to build homes that will enrich the lives of the residents. Westwinds is a great example of how public and private partnerships work to fill the needs of the community. We look forward to more opportunities like this in the future." – Neil Chrystal, president and CEO, Polygon Homes
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Arevig Afarian, Office of the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, [email protected]; Media Relations, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, [email protected]; Media Relations, Office of the Attorney General and Ministry Responsible for Housing (BC), 778 678-1572; Media Relations, BC Housing, [email protected]
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