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New supportive housing project celebrates official opening in Nanaimo

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Nanaimo’s Uplands Walk supportive housing project officially opened its doors today. The $7 million development was made possible thanks to a partnership between the City of Nanaimo, BC Housing and Pacifica Housing.

It has 33 units for people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless due to mental health or addiction issues. Karyn French, Executive Director of the Pacifica Housing Advisory Association, says the building caters to the needs of people working to overcome those challenges.

Tenant Debra Rowe says she’s sober thanks to the programs offered at Uplands Walk. She was one of the first 11 tenants to move in.

Uplands Walk should be fully occupied by the end of March. It’s Nanaimo’s third supportive housing site and Mayor Bill McKay says he wants to make building more of its kind a priority.

As part of the agreement between BC Housing and the City of Nanaimo, the province will contribute more than $760,000 a year to cover the cost of operating Uplands Walk.

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