Chilliwack – The Old Traders Inn (that ol’ rundown motel property at 45944 Yale Road) will finally become something less of an eye sore and more integrated into the community. Developers over the years have had their eye on the old motel, in fact, FVN has had inquiries from a few realtors as to what was known and not known about the property.
The BC Government has bought the Traders Inn and a rezoning application should be in front of Chilliwack City Council in the coming months.
“We need to get people into safe and secure housing, so they can get the supports they need to begin the process of turning their lives around,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “It’s great to see communities throughout British Columbia interested in working with us to deliver this much-needed housing for some of our most vulnerable neighbours. Getting this project off the ground is an important first step in addressing homelessness here in Chilliwack.”
Residents will be provided with meals, have access to life and employment skills training, and get the health and wellness support services to help them overcome challenges to maintaining their housing.
“Many communities in our province have expressed the need for housing to support vulnerable citizens,” said Sharon Gaetz, mayor, City of Chilliwack. “Chilliwack has worked with BC Housing and we are grateful for the supports that they are offering to us. Everyone needs a home and this will provide a safe place with wrap-around services to those who need it most. Thank you to the Province for providing new hope to those who need it most.”
- The Province purchased the land and building at 45944 Yale Rd. for approximately $9 million.
- The city is contributing approximately $700,000 towards the project.
- This is part of a provincewide investment of $291 million to build 2,000 homes around the province and more than $170 million over three years to provide 24/7 staffing and support services.
- Through this program, more than 1,300 new homes for people most in need have started development throughout the province.
- Budget 2018 Budget provides further supports for people struggling with homelessness with the announcement of an additional 2,500 new homes with 24/7 support services.
- The Province will be working with local governments and community partners to develop a Homelessness Action Plan to reduce homelessness through permanent housing and services.