The project has been funded by the Vancouver Foundation. This is a hugs step in supporting the affordable housing efforts in our community. Funding like this will reduce the amount of borrowing from financial institutions, and allow us to increase the scope of the project to perhaps meet the Living Building Challenge.
Cities should be looking to fund projects like this in order to reduce the costs of health care. Providing affordable accommodations on infill pieces of land we believe will change the scope and feel of our cities. Having a challenged family member or aging parents living on the same property allows so many more opportunities for affordable housing in the Okanagan.
Affordable lane way housing will also result in a stronger more resilient community. In other cities infill lane way housing has resulted in increased community interaction, safer streets, and more beautiful walking spaces. It might be difficult for city planers and residents to see this but it will increase the happiness of the city.