A new affordable housing project led by Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services (ASLCS) is underway in Nakusp. The project will see the creation of 10 new affordable rental units for individuals, seniors and families. From left to right: Guy Duchaine (Chair, ASLCS Board) Linda Lafluer (Trust) Minister Katrine Conroy, Tim Payne (Executive Director, ASLCS) and Tom Zeleznik (Mayor of Nakusp).
Families and seniors will soon have access to more affordable housing in Nakusp. Partnerships with the Province, the Arrowtarian Senior Citizens Society, the Arrow and Slocan Lake Community Services Society and Columbia Basin Trust will see the completion of 19 new units in the community in 2020.
“These new homes will provide urgently needed safe, secure and affordable housing for people in Nakusp,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West and Minister Responsible for the Columbia Basin Trust. “These projects are a great example of what we can accomplish by working together, and I want to thank our partners for all of their efforts to make sure more families and seniors will have the peace of mind that comes with having a good place to call home.”
In partnership with the Arrowtarian Senior Citizens Society, construction has started on a three-storey, wood-frame building located at 206 7th Ave. that will provide nine affordable rental homes for seniors. The adaptable and accessible one-bedroom units will add to the 43 rental units owned and managed by the society on the same site. The building is expected to be complete by October 2020.
Work is also getting started on 10 new affordable rental units for individuals, seniors and families at 101 1st Ave. N.W. in Nakusp. The townhouse project will be operated by Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services Society. This project is scheduled to be complete by October 2020.
“It’s a special day when we can break ground on not one, but two affordable housing projects in one small community,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President & CEO. “These 19 units will make a significant difference to many people who choose to call Nakusp home and will strengthen the foundation of the entire area. We thank the Province, the village, the two local societies and all other contributors for partnering with us to improve quality of life in the Basin.”
Since 2002, the Trust has helped construct, upgrade or repair nearly 2,000 units in 24 communities. The Trust is currently supporting over 500 units under active development in the Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s work in affordable housing, visit ourtrust.org/housing.