Salt Spring Commons

Affordable Housing ProjectSalt Spring Island Community Services (SSICS) is planning a new, affordable family housing project for a 5-acre property the organization owns within the Ganges Village area and adjacent to an established trail to Drake Road and Mouat’s Park.

On Salt Spring Island there is a significant gap between what people can afford to spend on housing and actual housing costs. This is documented across the entire Housing Continuum, affecting very low-income households all the way through to moderate and above moderate income households. For families with children, this can mean spending more than 30% of their household income to rent housing, often in buildings in poor condition or with short-term leases.

salt spring mapCurrently, local families are challenged to find safe, secure and appropriate long-term housing on Salt Spring Island. The consequences include many families with “good paying jobs” living in substandard housing, being forced to move frequently or even seasonally, or deciding to move off island permanently. The negative impacts this has on our community’s schools, economy and overall social wellness are widely known and discussed.

Using land owned by the organization and ideally suited for family housing, SSICS has developed a plan to provide high quality rental homes below market rate. The property’s close proximity to schools and services, location within an existing residential neighbourhood, and natural setting make it an ideal place for people to live.  Rental units will be owned by Salt Spring Island Community Services providing a foundation and revenue stream for ongoing costs.

SaltspringBWphotos-90A ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Selina Robinson, Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs and local government officials July 16, 2019.  Read more about the event