March 1, 2022
UPDATE: Habitat West Kootenay Housing Project
March 1, 2022
We are pleased to provide an update on our Habitat Castlegar 8th Street multifamily housing project!
We are now planning for a one, four-unit building to be constructed at 560 8th Street, Castlegar.
The project, originally planned for two buildings with a total of six-units, has now been redesigned. It will include housing for four Habitat Partner Families and will include 2 three-bedroom townhouse style homes, and 2 two-bedroom apartment style homes. One of the two-bedroom units will be fully accessible for those living with mobility issues. The entire project will be built to BC Energy Step Code 3 or better.
In August 2021 a Development Permit was issued by the City of Castlegar for the original two-building, six-unit design. Habitat for Humanity has now applied for a Development Permit amendment to reflect this downsized project. You can find the project referral package for the Development Permit Amendment at this link.
The City of Castlegar and Habitat for Humanity will be providing more information on the project at a Community Open House scheduled for March 8th, 2022, at 6PM at the Castlegar Community Forum. More information on the Community Open House can be found HERE. The information flyer also includes answers to some common questions about the project.
It is expected that the 4-unit Habitat project will apply for and receive a Building Permit by the end of March 2022. Work on the project site will begin very soon after that, as spring weather permits.
The project should then be complete for occupancy by four Habitat for Humanity Partner Families in early 2023.
Soon Habitat for Humanity will be looking for volunteers to assist with the build. And we will be launching a campaign to raise funds to support the project. And, we will also be advertising for interested families to apply for the four new homes!
Since Habitat for Humanity’s founding in 1976, the organization has helped more than 29 million people obtain a safer place to sleep at night, along with the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives. Now we are preparing to provide six Castlegar families with a new home.
Habitat for Humanity believes that access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to all. Over the last decade the demand for affordable housing in the Kootenay Boundary region has been dramatically increasing. Affordable housing already in limited supply, has become even more so in recent years and months, making affordable homeownership an impossible dream for most low to moderate-income families.
For additional information on the project, please visit our CURRENT HOUSING PROJECTS page.