The Provincial Government has unveiled plans for nearly 380 affordable Aboriginal housing units across B.C.
About 120 of those units will be in Surrey as a part of two projects, one of them dedicated to Aboriginal women and children.
The City of Surrey is providing the land.
Councillor Vera LeFranc says the housing is desperately needed.
“Our urban Aboriginal population is actually exceeding Vancouver’s and in 15 years we’re expecting that we will have between 19,000 and 48,000 indigenous urban people living in Surrey.”
LeFranc says the fact that those developments are being built in her city makes a huge difference.
“In Vancouver there are 18-hundred units of indigenous housing and in Surrey there’s only about 144. So this will double our stock of housing, and that is significant.”
Sixty more of the units will be in Abbotsford, with the remainder on Vancouver Island and in the interior.
Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Peter Fassbender says it was important to ensure the housing wasn’t just being built in the Lower Mainland.
“It’s across the province. Because while we have challenges here in the great city of Surrey, we have challenges throughout the province. And it was important to reach out to communities throughout the province as part of this announcement.”
The spaces fall under the governing BC Liberals’ 2016 pledge to create more than 2,000 units of affordable housing.
They’ll cost about $53-million, with the money coming from $355-million already announced in February of last year.