DB Services’ Danbrook One Tower, an 11-storey, 90-unit development on Claude Road in Langford’s downtown core. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

DB Services’ Danbrook One Tower, an 11-storey, 90-unit development on Claude Road in Langford’s downtown core. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Langford, Sooke to see 494 affordable housing units in coming years

250 of the units will be ready for tenancy in Langford by late 2020

Langford and Sooke residents in need of affordable housing will soon see some reprieve with the possibility of 494 affordable homes coming to both communities by 2021.

The Capital Regional District (CRD), BC Housing and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced Thursday morning that four affordable housing projects will be coming to Langford and Sooke.

In Langford, the CRD Board, in partnership with the provincial government, acquired two properties — one on Spencer Road and the other on Hockley Avenue. Once construction of the two properties is complete, the Capital Regional Housing Corporation will operate the units.

The Spencer Road development will add 130 new units to the community, according to a release from the CRD, BC Housing and CMHC. Twenty-six of those units will go at shelter rate, 36 at an affordable housing rate and 60 at a near-market rate.

READ MORE: Saanich, Langford receive fewer affordable housing units than Victoria, Esquimalt

The Hockley Avenue development will add 120 units to Langford. Of those, 24 will be at shelter rate, 36 at affordable housing rates and 60 at near-market.

“The affordable housing units at Hockley Avenue and Spencer Road are welcome additions to Langford’s affordable housing stock,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young. “Affordable housing remains a top priority of Langford’s city council and this significant investment from multiple levels of government is well received and very much appreciated.”

The projects are being made possible through the Regional Housing First Program, a partnership initiated by equal $30 million investments from the CRD, BC Housing and the CMHC under the National Housing Strategy’s Affordable Housing Innovation Fund.

The program aims to eliminate chronic homelessness in southern Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands. The program uses a mixed-market housing approach and will invest up to $90 million towards projects meeting different housing needs to create mixed-income communities throughout the region.

READ MORE: City of Victoria to see 588 affordable housing units

The mix of rent levels will be 20 per cent shelter units at the provincial assistance rate of $375, 31 per cent affordable units and 49 per cent near-market units.

The shelter-rate units will provide a down-payment to get the project started and the revenue from the affordable and near-market units will cover operating and maintenance costs of each project.

“We’re working hard with our provincial and municipal partners,” said Jean-Yves Douclos, the minister of families, children and social development. “These land acquisitions and new projects build on our commitment to help make homelessness history in Victoria and the capital region.”

The two proposed projects in Sooke will have units ready in 2021. BC Housing has moved forward with purchasing the land in Sooke and the projects are in the planning phase now. Non-profit housing providers will be able to express their interest in operating the properties which will be on Drennan Road and Throup Road.

The Regional Housing First Program already has two projects underway at Cedar Grove in Victoria and Croftonbrook on Salt Spring Island.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A photograph of the real firearm beside the replica firearm seized by VicPD in the early hours of April 18. (Courtesy VicPD)
Police seize loaded firearm, drugs during traffic stop in Victoria

Officers find cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl along with loaded handgun

Sidney council approved a broad package of tax relief measures, but concerns about its timing and effectiveness remain. (Black Press Media File).
President of cannabis company considers legal action against Sidney

Sidney already lost one legal action by another cannabis retailer in summer 2020

Colwood restaurants can use city property for patios. (Black Press Media file photo)
Temporary patios back on for Colwood restaurants

Council voted to extend temporary permits to 2022

Sidney Volunteer Fire Department as well as Sidney/North Saanich RCMP and BC Ambulance responded to a dryer fire on Orchard Avenue. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)
Dryer fire doused in Sidney

Cause of Monday afternoon remains under investigation

(Black Press Media file photo)
Woman returned to West Shore on warrant after crashing in Oak Bay

Smashed car windows, stolen outboard, missing diamond round out police briefs

In this image from NASA, NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity lands on the surface of Mars Monday, April 19, 2021. The little 4-pound helicopter rose from the dusty red surface into the thin Martian air Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. (NASA via AP)
VIDEO: NASA’s Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

The $85 million helicopter demo was considered high risk, yet high reward

Families of two of three workers killed in a train derailment near Field, B.C., in 2019 have filed lawsuits accusing Canadian Pacific of gross negligence. The derailment sent 99 grain cars and two locomotives off the tracks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Families of workers killed in Field train derailment allege negligence in lawsuit

Lawsuits allege the workers weren’t provided a safe work environment

(New Westminster Police)
4 youth arrested after 30-person brawl in New Westminster leaves 1 seriously injured

Police are looking for witnesses who saw the incident take place

South Surrey’s Paul Cottrell, who works with the DFO, tows a grey whale out of Semiahmoo Bay Sunday. (Contributed photo)
Dead whale floating near White Rock towed to shore for necropsy

Animal has been dead since at least April 15

Wickaninnish (Clifford Atleo) plays the drum while singing the Nuu-chah-nulth song on the court steps in Vancouver In a picture from April 2018. Photo credit, Melody Charlie.
Five western Vancouver Island First Nations celebrate legal fishing victory

Court ruling confirms Nuu-chah-nulth fishing rights in case dating back to 2003

Sunday’s storm rocked one of the ferries crossing Kootenay Lake. Photo: Dirk Jonker
VIDEO: Storm makes for wild ferry ride across Kootenay Lake

The video was captured by ferry employee Dirk Jonker

Dr. Bonnie Henry gives her daily media briefing regarding Covid-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C, Monday, December 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Toddler marks youngest British Columbian to die related to COVID-19

Child one of eight people to die from virus this weekend

Chakalaka Bar & Grill remains open in defiance of orders from Island Health to close. (Cole Schisler photo)
Island Health seeks injunction against restaurant defying COVID-19 orders

VIHA says Ladysmith-area Chakalaka Bar and Grill also violating water and sewer regulations

Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges all the empty vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that she has provided to customers at the Junction Chemist which is a independent pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. to open up AstraZeneca vaccines for all people 40+, set up clinics in hot spots

A total of 13 neighbourhoods and communities will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine

Most Read