100 homes in wake of flood

Residents of flood-ravaged Grand Forks are receiving 100 new homes as part of an expedited plan by the provincial government.

“People in Grand Forks are experiencing extraordinary loss, and that is why we are taking extraordinary measures to make sure they receive the help they need as quickly as possible,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “The province is fast-tracking these much-needed housing projects to support the community in long-term recovery efforts.”

The new Community Housing Fund will see the construction of more than 50 affordable rental homes for families and seniors, so they are able to stay in their community. Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 2019.

A second project is also underway to help people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Grand Forks. BC Housing has purchased a property at 7382 2nd St. to build up to 50 homes with 24/7 support services, including meal programs and life and employment skills training. These homes will be funded through the new  Supportive Housing Fund. If a development permit is approved by the city, construction is expected to start in January.

A new transition housing project is under construction for women and children fleeing violence. The project will provide a safe place for women and children in Grand Forks in need of shelter and trauma care. This housing is expected to be completed in December.

Public information meetings are planned for later this year to gather additional information on residents needs. Grand Forks recently announced plans to purchase 76 homes in two of the hardest hit flood area's demolish them and return the area to a floodplain. More than 4,500 people were forced from their homes by flooding this spring.

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