Friday, June 12, 2015

Councillor Thorkelson shares the word: "BC Housing is looking for units to purchase in Prince Rupert"

According to Councillor
Joy Thorkelson, BC Housing is
back in the market to purchase
housing units in Prince Rupert
It would appear that some of City Council's inquiries with BC housing are paying off, with word that the provincial housing agency is now apparently in the market to purchase housing options in Prince Rupert.

Councillor Joy Thorkelson shared that information with Council on Monday evening, outlining how BC Housing is looking for hotel, motel or apartment buildings for use for local housing concerns, the shift in focus seemingly coming in the wake of the closure of the Neptune Motor Inn and the eviction of the tenant base there, a number of whom had been temporarily homeless in the community.

In recent years operational housing issues in the community have been handled by the Ma'kola Housing Society, with BC Housing seeming to step back from any hands on involvement with housing concerns in the community.

The prospect of BC Housing seeking housing stock in the community would seem to suggest that they have heard some of the concerns that Council has raised in recent years.

On that theme, Councillor Thorkelson credited the efforts of the Mayor and Council in making sure that BC Housing became aware of the crisis situation in the community and the need to address, noting how it highlights the caring nature of the City to support the poorest in our community.

As part of her review for council she outlined that anyone looking to sell any of the types of housing accommodation of interest to BC Housing should contact the Prince George office for further information.

The overview of the BC Housing purchase plan can be reviewed from the City's Video Archive, it starts at the one hour 11 minute point and continues on until the one hour fourteen minute mark.

For more background on housing issues in the community see our archive page here.

The full review of City Council discussion topics can be found here.

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