Surrey gets new affordable rental homes for veterans, first responders
Posted February 8, 2023 1:45 pm.
Last Updated February 8, 2023 4:13 pm.
About 100 affordable rental homes are now open in Surrey for veterans and first responders.
Known as the Legion Veterans Village, Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston says the new complex is a “welcome addition” to the neighbourhood.
“Our government is proud to have contributed nearly $12 million through our Community Housing Fund so British Columbians who have served our country can live affordably, close to new, innovative health-care services and improve their quality of life,” Ralston said in a release.
I got a sneak preview of the new Legion Veterans Village in Whalley. This project is a unique and transformative partnership focused on the health of veterans and rehabilitation. I look forward to attending their grand opening event next week! Thank you to Whalley Legion BR 229. pic.twitter.com/OdPfCJeJPu
— Bruce Ralston (@BruceRalston) February 3, 2023
In the 20-storey building, the B.C. government says six of the floors will be prioritized for Canadian veterans, first responders, and legion members, with the remainder of the units open to the public.
The Minister of Housing Ravi Kahlon says the complex will help people stay in Surrey.
“Now that the project’s doors are open, current and retired Canadian Forces members and first responders will not have to leave the community they know and love in search of affordable housing,” Kahlon said.
“Projects like this help ensure our veterans have the support they need to retire with dignity. Our government will continue to work with valuable partners, like the legion, to increase housing supply in the province,” Kahlon said.
On top of the new homes, there will also be a new health care centre that includes rehabilitation services, and counselling for challenges including post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health.