New senior housing, Foundry center coming to Terrace

New senior housing, Foundry center coming to Terrace

TERRACE – Seniors and youth in Terrace will benefit from a new mixed-use development under construction that will include 43 affordable rental units and a Foundry Center.

“With the addition of these 43 homes, all of which are accessible or adaptable, seniors can live comfortably and affordably in the community near their loved ones, giving families peace of mind,” said Ravi Kahlon, Secretary of Housing. “Projects like these are part of our government’s work to ensure that people of all ages can remain in the communities they call home.”

The project, located at 3221 Eby St., is a unique partnership between the province (BC Housing), the Terrace and District Community Services Society and Foundry.

The five-story project will feature four floors of affordable senior housing with 43 one-bedroom apartments, eight of which are accessible and 35 of which are adaptable. Rent will be determined shortly after the building is completed and will be based on unit size and household income.

“This project will provide much-needed housing and enhance the services available to youth in the Terrace community,” said Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. “I’m excited to see how governments and community partners can work together to bring projects like this to Terrace, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact it has on families.”

The ground floor of the development will house the new Foundry Centre, which will relocate from its temporary location at 3219 Eby St. All Foundry Terrace services will be provided in this new, purpose-built and expanded space, and will include a recreation room, medical assessment rooms, a kitchen, shower and programming spaces, creating an inclusive and safe environment for young people. This space will be designed in collaboration with young people and families.

“Ensuring that young people have the support they need is our top priority,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “This newly expanded space in Terrace will give young people and their families easier access to the mental health, addictions and primary care they need for a brighter, healthier future, all under one roof.”

Foundry Terrace is one of 17 centres open across the province, with 18 more in development, for a total of 35 across BC in the coming years. Foundry is a province-wide network of integrated health and wellness services for youth ages 12 to 24, and their families and caregivers. These integrated services allow youth to access five core services in one location:

  • mental healthcare;
  • substance abuse services;
  • physical and sexual health care;
  • youth and family support; and
  • social services.

“Every young person deserves easy access to spaces where they are seen, supported and validated without being limited by geographic, social or economic barriers,” said Steve Mathias, co-executive director, Foundry. “We can’t wait to see the positive impact a purpose-built and expanded Foundry Terrace will have on the youth in the community!”

The building will be owned and operated by Terrace and District Community Services Society, one of the largest community service providers in northern British Columbia. The building is expected to be completed in 2026.

“This new community resource is a demonstration and example of the type of collaboration that community-led nonprofit charities provide to our communities,” said Michael McFetridge, executive director, Terrace and District Community Services Society. “We are proud to bring together diverse public organizations to generate significant, value-added partnerships for communities that similar for-profit companies simply cannot provide.”

The province, through BC Housing, is providing approximately $7.8 million for the seniors housing project, as well as $615,000 in annual operating funding. These new seniors’ homes are part of a $19 billion housing investment by the BC government. Since 2017, the province has nearly 80,000 homes completed or under construction, including nearly 270 homes in Terrace.

As part of its provincial strategy to improve youth mental health and addiction services, the British Columbia government provides ongoing core funding to Foundry Centres, which are a critical component of British Columbia’s child and youth care system. The province is also providing $1 million to the Foundry Centre at this location, in addition to annual core funding. Through Budget 2023, the province has also allocated $75 million to improve and expand Foundry services across the province.

Find out more:

For more information about the government’s new Homes for People action plan, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023HOUS0019-000436

To learn more about the steps the province is taking to address the housing crisis and provide affordable housing for British Columbians, visit the Homes for People Action Plan at: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/housing/

For more information about belonging in British Columbia, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BelongingStrategy.pdf

For more information about Foundry BC, visit: https://foundrybc.ca/

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