Regional Housing First Program Delivers 282-Units of Affordable Homes to Langford and View Royal
The Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) has completed two affordable rental projects on the West Shore with nearly 300 residences scheduled for December move-ins.
Spencer Close, a 130-unit complex in Langford along the 2700-block of Spencer Road, features one and two-bedroom layouts with in-suite laundry and available on-site parking. Qualification for one-bedroom homes requires an annual household income range of $42,500 to $74,150, while two-bedroom layouts are available with earnings of $56,000 to $113,040.
Cats are permitted within the first two floors of Spencer Close.
Meanwhile, construction of the CRHC’s West Park, a two-building, 152-unit collection of one and two-bedroom apartments along the edge of Thetis Lake Park, is now complete in the 1800-block of View Royal’s West Park Lane.
Suites feature a washer and dryer plus on-site parking as an option, and like Spencer Close, carry a minimum earning threshold of $42,500 annually for one-bedroom homes through to a maximum of $74,150, with two-bedroom homes requiring an income of $56,000 through $113,040.
Dogs are permitted within the first two floors of each building, as are cats.
The trio of six and five-storey rentals got underway in 2019 as part of the Capital Regional District’s Regional Housing First Program (RHFP) that together with Spencer Close and West Park has delivered 414-units out of a 2,000-unit affordable housing goal. A two-building project, completed in 2019 along Millstream Road at Treanor Road in Langford, initiated the RHFP with 132-units.
In 2021 the CRD expects to complete an additional 192-units under the RHFP with Hockley House, a six-storey lowrise nearing completion along the 800-block of Hockley Avenue in downtown Langford, and Cedar Grove, a 72-unit effort under partnership with the Victoria Cool Aid Society that recently got underway at 210 Gorge Road East in the City of Victoria. The latter will replace 21-units of end-of-life affordable housing.
Two projects slated for the West Shore’s District of Sooke will yield a further 245-units by 2022 within complexes on Charters Road and Drennan Street, and 56-units are earmarked as part of a woman’s housing initiative on Salt Spring Island.
By 2023 the CRD anticipates the completion of Michigan Square’s redevelopment, currently a 62-unit affordable apartment along the 300-block of Michigan Street in Victoria’s James Bay neighbourhood. Michigan Square’s replacement will deliver 53 homes under the RHFP and a further 53 outside of the program, bringing the RHFP’s current total of completed, proposed, approved and under construction inventory to 960-units.
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 25, 2020