Low to middle income seniors and people with disabilities in Langley will soon have access to more than 100 new affordable homes as construction of a redevelopment project begins in the community.
“Our government is proud to work with partners like the Langley Lions Housing Society (LLHS) to build new, modern homes so that people who call Langley their home don’t have to go elsewhere to find affordable housing,” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley East. “This new development will ensure that the elderly and people with disabilities in Langley can continue to live healthily and comfortably, surrounded by the services and people they count on.”
The eight-story apartment building is located at 20355 54 Ave. and will have 101 one-bedroom units, including 30 assisted living units. The building will have an indoor lounge area, while the adjacent Evergreen Timbers building will feature a larger communal area. The outdoor area includes gardens and walkways where residents can meet and socialize.
The renovation replaces the three-story Birke apartment building with 66 residential units on the site, which was previously destroyed by a fire in 2017. Former residents are given the opportunity to move into the new building.
LLHS, an experienced non-profit housing provider, has made the land available for the project and will own and operate the new building. With the support of Fraser Health, the company will support and care for people with disabilities who live in the 30 assisted living units. Supervised residents are selected by Fraser Health.
The province provided approximately $ 11 million from the Community Housing Fund through BC Housing to help build the building. BC Housing will also provide the company with an annual operating grant of approximately $ 444,000.
The building is part of the LLHS ‘larger refurbishment project, in which 981 rental apartments for senior citizens are being built on a 2.2 hectare property.
The construction work should be completed by summer 2023.
Val van den Broek, Mayor of Langley –
“The health and well-being of our citizens are our top priority. The City of Langley is pleased that the provincial government through BC Housing has made this significant investment in Langley. Every Canadian deserves a safe, affordable place to call their own, where they can thrive and spend more time with loved ones. “
Jeanette Dagenais, Managing Director, LLHS –
“On behalf of the board of directors, the employees and the residents of the association, we are very pleased that we have received the funding for the first stage of our adventure. The replacement of the Birch building with 101 units in a high-rise building – the tallest building in Langley City – is a milestone in providing affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities in our community. Our society is grateful that the province helps the vulnerable people of Langley and we look forward to future partnerships with BC Housing as we update and modernize our contribution to what the city of Langley is today. “
- The City of Langley provided the project with a grant of approximately $ 150,000.
- The Community Housing Fund is part of the province’s 10-year, $ 7 billion housing plan.
- It is a $ 1.9 billion investment to build more than 14,000 affordable rental homes for families and low- and middle-income individuals over 10 years.
- More than 8,800 of these apartments are already open, under construction or under development.
- The Community Housing Fund supports mixed-income buildings that have 50% of the units for households with an annual income of up to $ 64,000, 30% of the units for households with incomes up to approximately $ 74,000, and 20% of the units for households with very low incomes (including income or disability benefits).
- As a result of provincial investments, 427 new affordable homes have opened or are under construction in Langley since 2018.
A map showing the locations of all announced provincial funded housing projects in BC is available online: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC
To learn more about the steps the province is taking to manage the housing crisis and provide affordable housing for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/