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New housing coming to Lower Post

Women, children, and people experiencing homelessness to gain supports
Signage on the way to Lower Post B.C. on June 26. A housing project being built in Lower Post, B.C. has the potential to draw First Nation members back to the community, says Daylu Dena Council Chief Harlon Schilling. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Women, children, and people experiencing homelessness in Lower Post will have access to an under-construction Indigenous housing project in fall 2021.

BC Housing and the Daylu Dena Council are partners on the project, which will provide 16 new homes. Six of those will be reserved for women’s transition housing and 10 will support people that are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.

“So many of us see the need for affordable housing that has been talked about for many years,” said Chief Harlan Schilling, chief councillor of the Daylu Dena Council, in a media release.

“BC Housing is living up to its mission of developing safe, permanently affordable housing for people in northern B.C. Thank you. It will help the community of Lower Post to meet our needs now and will be there for future generations.”

The province is providing more than $5 million from the Women’s Transitional Housing Fund and around $6 million through the Supportive Housing Fund to the project and will subsidize the annual operating cost of over $400,000.

The development is split into two wings. Each unit has a private washroom and mini kitchen, while each wing will have laundry room, commercial kitchen and dining lounge area. There will be a shared medical room in the building.

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