Wherever you are in the valley and beyond, we hope you've been having a safe and cozy winter season. We wanted to share some developments since our AGM last fall:
Osprey Takes Flight!
In November, the New Denver & Area Housing Society and Slocan Valley Housing Society signed a transfer agreement. Operational management of The Osprey Residences was passed on to our society and the building will transfer over to SVHS once landscaping is complete.
We are pleased to report that the first tenants have moved in!
The society now operates 32 affordable housing units across three buildings in the valley, and we look forward to beginning work on adding to that number this coming year.
The New Slocan Affordable Housing Project
If you're an avid Valley Voice reader, you've already seen the announcement in the Slocan Council section in the January 11 issue, but we're pleased to say it again here: at the start of November, the Slocan Valley Housing Society and Slocan City Council issued a request for proposal for architectural firms for a new affordable housing project. We're excited to be embarking upon another project in Slocan and narrowing the gap between housing need and housing availability for all demographics.
After interviewing the shortlisted firms, we have selected Boni Madison Architects, a firm familiar with the unique needs of rural affordable housing in the Kootenays, and years of experience working with non-profit housing groups and BC Housing. The proposed project will feature 6 of 10 townhouses focused on families (2 and 3 bedrooms) and include 4 one-bedroom homes.
For further information, please contact:
Best wishes for 2024 from all of us at Slocan Valley Housing Society,
Sally Mackenzie, Chair
Slocan Valley Housing Society