Surrey Council Unanimously Votes in Favour of Inclusive ‘Harmony’ Rental Housing Project
Once complete, the six-storey apartment building will offer 91 new affordable units of below-market rental housing, including supportive units for persons with disabilities.
Surrey, B.C. – Surrey Council voted in favour of UNITI’s ‘Harmony’ housing project at Monday’s Regular Council Meeting. Once complete, the six-storey apartment building will offer 91 new affordable units of below-market rental housing, including supportive units for persons with disabilities.
“I am pleased that the inclusive ‘Harmony’ housing project has received Council approval,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “Surrey has a lack of affordable and suitable housing for persons with disabilities, including those needing supportive housing. The Harmony project helps meet that need. It was wonderful to see the community rally behind this project and I commend all involved for their dedication and passion in advocating for this facility.”
The project is proposed by UNITI (a partnership between Peninsula Estates Housing Society, Semiahmoo House Society and Semiahmoo Foundation) and is to be located at 15077 and 15153 20th Ave. The applicant has indicated they have a waitlist of 256 people interested in living in the building and of those, 130 report having intellectual disabilities.
The Surrey Housing Needs Report was released in April 2022 which confirmed there is a significant demand for non-market, affordable housing in Surrey, with one-third of renter households in Surrey in core housing need, spending 30% or more of their gross household income on housing. More than one in 10 renter households are in extreme core housing need, spending 50% or more of their household income on housing. Click here to learn more.