A housing solution has been found for residents of Salt Spring Island

Temporary modular accommodation has been secured to support 22 people currently residing temporarily at Seabreeze Inne.

A two-week extension to the Seabreeze Inne lease will provide residents with a safe and secure place to live until they can move into modular units on Kings Lane.

The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation has agreed to extend the current lease of the Seabreeze Inne until July 15, 2022.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation for generously extending the lease of the Seabreeze Inne, providing people with a safe roof over their heads for the past six months,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Responsible Minister. for housing. “BC Housing continues to work diligently to build new permanent supportive housing on Drake Road.

BC Housing has leased the Seabreeze Inne from Lady Minto Hospital Foundation since January 2022. Residents receive support services from the Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Services Society (SSICS).

The current lease was scheduled to expire June 30, 2022, so the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation could begin on-site renovations to create much-needed long-term housing for Gulf Island Hospital staff. Temporary residents of Seabreeze Inne will now stay in the old hotel until July 15, when they will move into temporary accommodation currently under construction at 154 Kings Lane.

The province, through BC Housing, has secured a lease for a portion of 154 Kings Lane from the Gulf Islands Seniors Residence Association (GISRA) to create temporary housing until permanent supportive housing becomes available. and purpose-built vehicles are operational at Drake Road. This lease is essential to ensure the residents of Seabreeze Inne have a place to live while construction of Drake Road continues.

The temporary modular accommodation at 154 Kings Lane will include single bedrooms, air conditioning, laundry, washrooms, shared common areas and meals.

BC Housing is continuing its due diligence for the Drake Road development, including environmental and riparian assessments and water supply approvals. When complete, the mobile unit will be dismantled, the land returned to GISRA and residents will move into their new permanent homes in Drake Road or other housing options, depending on individual need.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation for their valuable work in providing the affordable housing needed to provide community health care on Salt Spring Island. I wish them the best in their work to support the health of Salt Spring Islanders,” Eby said.

This project is part of British Columbia’s 10-year, $7 billion housing plan. Since 2017, the province has funded nearly 34,000 new homes that have been completed or are underway for British Columbians, including 78 homes on Salt Spring Island.

Learn more:

For more information on Drake Road, visit: Salt Spring Island – Supportive Housing | Let’s Talk Housing BC (letstalkhousingbc.ca)

A map showing the location of all announced provincially funded housing projects in British Columbia is available online: https://www.bchousing.org/homes-for-BC

To learn more about the province’s actions to address the housing crisis and provide affordable housing for British Columbians, visit: https://workingforyou.gov.bc.ca/