Partnerships with BC Housing
Memorandum of Understanding
In March 2008, the City of Surrey signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BC Housing to develop supportive housing units in Surrey.
To date, we've contributed the land and waived all development fees and charges for the 3 MOU projects. This MOU anticipates additional supportive housing units in the future on other sites in the City of Surrey.
Our involvement is triggered by our priority of housing and homelessness in Surrey.
The three MOU projects
- - A 36-unit supportive housing project in Newton for single women with dependent children, who are living in Surrey and are at-risk of homelessness or in core housing need. It is operated by the YWCA. Families began moving into Alder Gardens in late February 2012.
- - A health services and housing project for men and women recovering from addictions is located adjacent to Surrey Memorial Hospital. The facility accommodates an addictions and mental health clinic, a 25-bed sobering centre, Surrey Substance Use Services and outpatient counselling, 15 short-term recovery beds, and 52 transitional housing units.
- - Located in City Centre, Timber Grove welcomed its first residents in October 2011. It includes 52 studio apartment units for individuals who are homeless or at-risk-of-homelessness. This supportive housing project is operated by Coast Mental Health.
Under the terms of the partnership agreement with BC Housing, we've committed to lease the sites at a nominal rate for 60 years, and to waive all municipal development costs and fees. In addition, the non-profit sponsors of the housing projects may apply on an annual basis for a property tax exemption. The City has committed to expedite the approval process for these much needed housing projects.