$14M for modular homes

B.C.'s fastest-growing city will soon have more resources to help get residents off the street.

The City of Surrey is being provided $13 million of capital funding for three new modular housing sites, as well as another $1 million to pay for operating costs.

"No one should be forced to live on the street without access to safe and supportive housing," Selina Robinson said on Friday, the province's minister of municipal affairs and housing.

One of the proposed modular housing sites is at 10662 King George Boulevard, near "The Strip" in Whalley where homeless residents are often camping. 

A second proposed site is close by, at 13550 - 105 Avenue, while a third is not yet confirmed.

In total, 160 new housing units will be created, which are expected to be operating by early spring. 

The province added they will plan to replace those modular homes with 250 units of "permanent, affordable housing" in the future.

The number of homeless residents in Surrey sat at 602 during the 2017 homeless count in Metro Vancouver, and advocates said the real number is likely higher. 

- with files from CTV Vancouver

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