The provincial government is building 46 units of supportive housing in partnership with the City of Courtenay. Photo via Twitter @BC_Housing

The B.C. government and City of Courtenay announced Friday that they are partnering to build 46 new modular housing units in response to the need for supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.

“Like so many regions of the province, the Comox Valley has been dealing with an increase in homelessness, and these homes will provide the help that is so desperately needed,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in a press release.

Supportive housing enables individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness to transition to more stable, independent living by providing longer-term housing with individualized support services.

“I’m thrilled the city and our government are partnering to build this much-needed housing,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox.

“The modular housing will get people off the streets and into a safe and secure home, where they’ll be connected to the wellness and employment services they need.”

Homes are part of a $291 million province-wide investment

The houses will be built as part of the government’s Rapid Response to Homelessness program.

Through the program, development has started in 17 communities throughout B.C. for more than 1,600 new homes for people most in need.

Pending municipal approvals, construction on the Courtenay homes is anticipated to begin in summer 2018, in order to have them ready for winter.

“We look forward to working with BC Housing, local homeless support agencies, and the community, as this process moves forward,” said Larry Jangula, mayor of the City of Courtenay.

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