New affordable housing projects soon in Maple Ridge

In November, the ministry responsible for housing announced $516 million to fund 68 affordable housing projects around the province.

New affordable housing projects soon in Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge is getting a piece of the half-billion dollars for affordable housing that the B.C. government doled out last month.

In November, the ministry responsible for housing announced $516 million to fund 68 affordable housing projects around the province.

That will produce another 2,900 units of housing, according to the province.

Two such projects will be in Maple Ridge, the first of which will be announced Friday at Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services Association.

It’s not certain if the two Maple Ridge projects are part of the 68 projects or in addition to them.

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Doug Bing said he wasn’t sure what population sector the first project will be focused on, although it will have 60 suites.

“It’s definitely for low-income people,” he said.

“We’re excited that Maple Ridge is part of the mix and we will be getting quite a number of units, so we’re pretty happy.”

The second affordable housing project will be announced in the new year.

The new housing projects will help low- to moderate-income renters, the disabled, seniors, youth, aboriginal people and women and children.

Of the 68 projects, the Metro Vancouver-Fraser Valley area will get funding for 22, which works out to 1,441 new units.

Vancouver is getting funding for 10 projects, while Surrey will receive funding for five. Burnaby will get funding for three projects, Chilliwack, two, and RIchmond, one.

The projects are not part of B.C. Housing initiatives to deal with homelessness.