Location selected for $10M Abbotsford affordable housing project

Location selected for $10M Abbotsford affordable housing project

Project proposed for Fuller Street and Old Yale Road

A site has been chosen for a 60-unit, $10 million affordable housing project announced earlier this month.

BC Housing announced in early April that the Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society (MQHS) had been awarded the money, which comes out of a previously announced $355 million fund for affordable housing.

The organization has now applied to the city to build the project near the intersection of Fuller Street and Old Yale Road, and earlier this week the organization held its first open house for the project.

In a press release, MQHS said the project is still in its early stages, but an application is expected to be submitted to the City of Abbotsford “in the coming days.”

While MQHS’s original focus was on helping Aboriginal people who moved to cities, and the development will be “rooted in Indigenous culture” the group said in a press release issued earlier this month that the project will also be open to non-aboriginal individuals and families.

“This is exactly what it says it is – affordable housing,” MQHS CEO Janice Silver said in a press release. “That means, it is just like any other rental housing development with the only differentiation being that the rents will be below market.”