On Friday, October 4, 2019, the City of New Westminster, the Community Living Society (CLS), Catalyst Community Development Society, and invited guests, celebrated the opening of a unique and inclusive housing project. As a result of this partnership, and the funding from the City of New Westminster, CLS and the Province, through BC Housing, several people are now living in safe, secure and affordable homes.
The project includes three fully-accessible one-bedroom units for people with developmental disabilities who are supported by CLS. Community Living BC (CLBC) provided funding for the technology in the wheelchair accessible units. The Assistive Technology Developer from CLS worked with each of the individuals to customize technology that would facilitate their independence and connections to family and friends.
In addition, there are three three-bedroom affordable rental townhomes. The townhomes currently have three families with children living in them.
This project is a major milestones in the City of New Westminster’s commitment to create more affordable housing in New Westminster. It is evidence of how partnerships can address the housing challenges many in the city face.
As part of the opening event, Mayor Coté formally dedicated the development to Beverly Grieve, the former director of Development Services for the City of New Westminster. Ms. Grieve’s career was devoted to community planning and innovative housing ideas and this and other affordable housing projects were realized under her direction.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, all guests, were invited to view the apartments that utilize several technology applications and smart home features.