ASHTON: Affordable housing message heard loudly

Dan Ashton is a member of the Liberal Party and the MLA for the Penticton riding.

Dan Ashton is the MLA for the Penticton riding.

With the federal election now over I was reminded on the importance of campaigns, the messages sent by voters and the promises made by newly elected politicians and candidates.

This reminded me of the last provincial campaign and one message I heard loudly was the need to take action on affordable housing. For close to two years since I was elected as MLA, affordable housing is something I have worked on with local mayors and Minister Rich Coleman along with senior ministerial staff.

Affordable housing projects, I have discovered, involve many years of planning and require a strong working relationship between a variety of organizations. Fortunately, I am also proud to announce this hard work produces results.

It was an honour to announce in Penticton a few weeks ago that 70 new units of affordable rental housing will soon be built on city-owned land. These affordable rental units will be the first built in decades that will accommodate low- to moderate-income families and individuals and will complement other affordable housing projects created in the past five years that provided accommodations for seniors and those who are at risk.

This affordable family housing project will be built on Brunswick Street with a request for proposals being issued from BC Housing later this month. Also being added are eight new housing units for people with disabilities that will be operated by the Penticton and District Society for Community Living, at 180 Industrial Ave. W.

Another exciting announcement made in Peachland last month is that an RFP from the Peachland Seniors Support Society has been accepted by BC Housing to build 68 units for seniors at the 4400 block of Sixth Street that will be financed by the Province of British Columbia. This is a very exciting announcement for Peachland as this project has been identified as a critical need as far back as 2009 to create much-needed affordable housing in the community.

One more project I would like to mention is the now-completed walking and cycling trail between Summerland and Trout Creek. It is very rewarding to see this unique project now available for citizens to use. On that note, I would also encourage citizens to make use of it. If demand is strong it will help to make a stronger case to ensure this trail is extended into Penticton in future phases. My thanks to the many citizens who helped to make this project a reality.

On behalf of the citizens in my riding of Penticton, I would also like to congratulate our local members of Parliament Dan Albas and Richard Cannings, who were elected on Oct. 19. I look forward to continuing our work that serves the needs of citizens in our region.

A final reminder: As winter driving conditions are soon to appear throughout many parts of B.C., do not forget that the Drive BC website (drivebc.ca) has online road reports including live online web cameras.  Please slow down and drive safely this season.

My Penticton office is located at 210–300 Riverside Dr., in the Riverside Plaza. For appointments in Peachland and Summerland please contact 250-487-4400 for further information.

Dan Ashton is a member of the Liberal Party and the MLA for the Penticton riding.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Gas drops below a dollar per litre in Penticton

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

Van, tools stolen from Penticton company facing third theft in one month

An Eckert Electric Ltd. van was stolen this morning at gas station with employees close by

Sewer service planned for South Okanagan community of Kaleden

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen plans to extend Okanagan Falls system into Kaleden

Massoudi’s memoir on the table at Brown Bag Lecture Series

Mehrnaz Massoudi will be the presenter at the Feb. 25 Penticton Museum Brown Bag Lecture Series

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

Pawsative Pups: You have a new puppy, now what?

Lisa Davies is a new columnist for Black Press who writes about dog training

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay B.C. man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Youth-led report calls on B.C. government to create plan to end youth homelessness

There are no dedicated programs for youth homelessness at federal, provincial level, report says

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen adopts 2020 budget

$57.9 million budget is 11.2 per cent higher than last year’s amount

Regional district gives approval for farm worker housing near Summerland

Application is for 41-bedroom facility to be constructed in Meadow Valley area

Most Read