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2008OTP0256-001598                                                          Office of the Premier
Oct. 21, 2008                                        Ministry of Housing and Social Development
                                Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and
                                                                       Paralympic Winter Games
                        OLYMPIC LEGACY AFFORDABLE HOUSING


Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Province and VANOC will create up to 156
units of new supportive housing in six communities as Olympic Legacy Affordable Housing.

The Process
• The MOU proposes to reconfigure the 320 temporary modular housing units from the Olympic and
   Paralympic Village in Whistler to create up to 156 affordable supportive housing units each with a
   kitchen and bathroom.
• As supportive housing, the buildings will include amenity space for on-site support services
   organized by BC Housing.
• VANOC will, at its cost and with support from Games sponsors RONA and Britco, design and
   construct the temporary modules in accordance with specifications to be agreed on between BC
   Housing and VANOC.
• BC Housing will contract and pay for the modifications of the modular housing to meet their
   development standards (including amenities) and pay the costs to transport the modular housing to
   their final site locations.
• Ongoing subsidies will be provided, as required, to ensure safe, affordable housing for people most
   in need in B.C.
• The Province will be issuing an invitation to non-profit housing societies to submit proposals to
   manage and operate the developments that don’t already have local non-profit societies as partners.

The Sites
• In Chetwynd, a site will provide approximately 4 to 8* units of affordable housing in a single-
   storey format for low-income seniors.
• In Chilliwack, a provincially-owned location on School Street will provide approximately 40*
   units of affordable housing in a three-storey format for people who are homeless or at risk of
   homelessness.
• In Enderby, the provincially-owned site of the former hospital will provide approximately 16*
   units of affordable housing in a single-storey format for low-income seniors.
• In Saanich, the Carey Road site will provide approximately 36* units of affordable housing in a
   three-storey format for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. A proposal call
   seeking an experience non-profit operator for this site closed on Thursday, September 11, 2008.
• In Sechelt, the city-owned site of the former RCMP building will provide up to 8* units of
   affordable housing for in a two-storey format for people who are homeless or at risk of
   homelessness.
• In Surrey, a city-owned site will provide approximately 48* units of affordable housing for people
   who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
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*The actual unit count and building configuration will be determined in the development process.
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Media      Bridgitte Anderson                         Susan Thom
contact:   Press Secretary                            Corporate Communications
           Office of the Premier                      BC Housing
           604 307-7177                               604 230-1301

           Katie Green                                Joel Giebelhaus
           Media Relations                            Special Assistant to the Mayor
           VANOC                                      City of Surrey
           778 328-6473                               604 591-4192

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