City Spotlight: 30 New Supportive Homes for Young People Coming to Surrey
Image: Peterson Place Housing Project
December 07, 2021 – $13.8 million in federal funds have been allocated to the creation of 30 new supportive homes for young people in Surrey. The project will be located at 13102 112A Ave in Surrey and will feature 30 new homes with 24/7 support young people aged 17-24 years, many of whom will be transitioning out of government care. All of the housing units will be allocated to vulnerable and homeless youth, with 25% being allocated to Indigenous peoples, 25% to LGBTQ2+ individuals, 25% to young women experiencing violence, and 25% to newcomer youth. This home will be operated by the Pacific Community Resource Society and will open in winter 2022.
"Today's announcement will support young people in our community who need a safe and supportive home as they transition into adulthood. Surrey has the largest youth population in the province,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “This project will ensure that all of our young people have the opportunity to thrive. It will deliver on the critical and urgent need for housing for vulnerable youth who are or at risk of being homelessness, including youth who are transitioning out of the government care system. Homelessness is an evolving challenge and real solutions can be found when all levels of government work together."
All levels of government have teamed up to make this project a reality. The federal Rapid Housing Initiative is funding the construction of the supportive homes, and the Government of BC will support the new housing with annual operating funding.
"Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion. “Funding through the Rapid Housing Initiative will go a long way to support those who need it most by quickly providing 30 new affordable homes for Surrey's most vulnerable Youth populations, to keep them safe. This is one of the ways our National Housing Strategy continues to ensure no one is left behind."
"Young people in Surrey and across B.C. should never have to worry about finding a safe and secure home,” said Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley. “This project is a great example of what we can accomplish when all levels of government work together. A special thank you to the Pacific Community Resource Society for working with us to bring these 30 much-needed new homes to Surrey."
This new investment will create thousands of good jobs in the housing and construction sector, grow the middle class, and build back stronger communities, while getting us closer to our goal of eliminating chronic homelessness in Canada.