New affordable homes open in Westbank First Nation – Kelowna Capital News
More affordable housing is now available for Westbank First Nation members, seniors and families through a partnership with the province.
“It is encouraging to see that BC Housing is now investing in housing on First Nations reserve lands for First Nations,” said WFN Chief Christopher Derickson.
The 17 new homes – 14 apartments and three townhouses – provide affordable options in what “is becoming an increasingly unaffordable housing market” in the central Okanagan, said Derickson.
The apartment complex located on Falcon Lane is two story, with a mix of one and two bedroom units. Monthly rents are $ 400 per month for the eight one-bedroom units and $ 600 per month for the six two-bedroom units.
Each of the three townhouses, located one street off Fox Road, has two bedrooms, living room, dining room, and kitchen, and one and a half bathrooms. Monthly rents are $ 650.
The projects were funded by BC Housing’s Aboriginal Housing Fund, which enables the province to invest in housing for Aboriginal communities. The fund is a $ 550 million investment over 10 years to build and operate 1,750 new homes, both on and off reserve.
WFN has provided the land for both projects and will own and operate the buildings. He will host a land recognition and private blessing ceremony for the site later this month.
Residents will begin moving into their new homes on July 1.
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