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100 low-income units

More affordable housing is coming to Salmon Arm.

Construction is underway on 67 affordable rental homes that will be built in two, four-storey buildings at 540 3rd St. South West.

The affordable homes will be a mix of one- to four-bedroom units for families, seniors and people with disabilities.

In a third adjacent building, 38 new supportive homes will be built for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Each unit is a self-contained studio home that includes a bathroom and kitchenette. A communal kitchen, dining area and laundry facilities will also be provided on-site.

"For too long, people have struggled to find safe, affordable housing," said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "We are proud to be working with local partners to build the housing people need, so they can stay in the community they call home."

Supportive housing applicants will go through a thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports in place including meal programs, life and employment skills training and access to health and wellness support services.

All residents will sign a program agreement and will pay rent.

The Canadian Mental Health Association of Shuswap-Revelstoke will operate the entire site.

"We are pleased to be working in collaboration with our partners to provide affordable housing solutions in our community," said Dawn Dunlop, executive director, Canadian Mental Health Association Shuswap-Revelstoke.

Construction is expected to be complete by winter 2020.

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