Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS) is launching a community information campaign for its Harrow Road housing project this month.
The controversial housing project, to be located at the corner of Harrow Road and Highway 99 in Pemberton, looks to bring 63 new affordable housing units to Pemberton in the form of a five-storey apartment complex with ground-floor office space for social services provided through SSCS.
Despite many in the community speaking out against the project due to the height of the building (among other concerns), housing remains one of the village's biggest ongoing issues, and some local leaders like MLA Jordan Sturdy believe the project "is a tremendous opportunity" for the community moving forward.
"It's hard to see how Pemberton could ever have too much affordable housing. Like many others, I have found securing accommodations for my employees to be almost impossible," Sturdy said in a SSCS press release. "For families, kids and the next generation to grow up here, work here and ultimately retire here, it's really challenging to find affordable housing. The B.C. Housing investment is a very significant opportunity for Pemberton, and I hope we are able to make it our own, realize the opportunity and support the future of Pemberton locals, families and businesses."
Of the project's 63 housing units, 32 will be allocated to families while 31 will be used for seniors and persons with disabilities. Meanwhile, 30 per cent of the units will be market rentals, 50 per cent will have "rent geared to income" and the final 20 per cent will be allocated for those with low incomes.
SSCS's community information campaign will consist of testimonials form Pemberton residents to shed light on local housing barriers as well as a community open house on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at SSCS Program House at 1343 Aster Street.
The community is invited to attend and ask questions about the project, or to send their questions and concerns by email to email@example.com.
"Affordable housing is foundational to a healthy, prosperous community. Just as important are services that support early childhood development, persons with differing abilities, and people who rely on mental health and social services," said SSCS director Jaye Russell in the release. "This new building means our staff will have a permanent home in Pemberton, and the individuals and families we support can continue to rely on our services."
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