Creston community housing society seeks funds for family housing

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Applications for funding of two affordable family housing projects for the Creston area have been submitted to BC Housing and the Columbia Basin Trust by the Creston Valley Community Housing Society (CVCHS).

This action was confirmed at a meeting of the CVCHS directors following the society’s annual general meeting on May 30.

The AGM saw the election of 10 people to the CVCHS board. They are Jerry Cyr, Alexandra Ewashen, Peter Hepher, Eric Kutzner, Ken Miller, Heather More, Terje Munkerud, Alex Nilsson, Carl Sawler and Rita Scott.

At a board meeting immediately following the AGM, More was elected as president and Scott was named vice-president. Kutzner and Cyr were returned as treasurer and secretary, respectively.

The decision to seek funding for family housing was made after months of examination of the shortage of suitable rental accommodation for low-income residents of this area.

In particular it was based on the advice of an expert consultant and a survey, which determined that was this, is the area of greatest need for such housing.

The community housing society has recognized that, even if either or both of the applications for major funding is successful, it will need supplementary financial help from local sources if rental levels are to be kept low enough to make them affordable to families of greatest need.