A look at Revelstoke’s new affordable housing units

Revelstoke Community Housing Society accepting applications for affordable housing units; expect March 2016 opening.

A view of the Revelstoke affordable housing apartments

A view of the Revelstoke affordable housing apartments

Applications are open for Revelstoke’s new affordable housing complex on Oscar Street.

The development consists of eight two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units. Two of the suites are fully accessible.

While rent is still to-be-determined, Glenn O’Reilly, the vice-chair of the Revelstoke Community Housing Society, said the one-bedroom units should rent for about $550 per month, while the two-bedroom apartments will rent for about $700 per month.

The media and members of the Revelstoke Housing Society were given a tour of the new buildings on Oscar Street, between Edward and Moss, last week.

The development consists of two six-unit buildings side-by-side, one painted red, and the other blue. They are being built for $3.22 million, of which $899,500 is being borrowed and the rest is from BC Housing and other sources. The total includes the cost of the land and all the off-site work.

The buildings are mostly finished, with some interior work and landscaping needed to complete the apartments. The goal is to have people move in at the beginning of March.

Each unit will have a fridge, stove, washer, dryer and one parking stall.

The two bedroom apartments have a kitchen and living space on the main floor, with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. They are about 1,000 square feet in size.

The one-bedroom apartments have everything on one floor and are 618-square-feet.

The housing society has set the criteria for applicants. They can have a household income of no more than $65,000 and combined assets of less than $60,000. Preference is being given to Revelstoke residents.

No smoking and no pets are allowed.

To apply contact Debra Wozniak at 250-837-5345 or e-mail communityhousing@revelstokecf.com.