Burnaby will be getting its first housing facility for homeless people, the B.C. provincial government announced Friday morning.
The province will be investing $7.6 million to build 52 supportive homes at 3986 Norland St., which will be run by the Progressive Housing Society. Construction is expected to begin by spring 2019.
Each private home will be self-contained with a private bathroom and kitchen. Residents will have access to shared amenities, like meal programs, shared laundry, and life-skills training and wellness supports.
Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake, said in a press release that people have been struggling with homelessness in Burnaby for a long time.
“People who are experiencing homelessness are part of our community, and need our support to get back on their feet,” she said. “I am happy that, after so many years, the Province is stepping up and giving people who need it most safe and secure homes, as well as 24-7 support.”