Grand Forks, BC – The Boundary Flood Recovery team released its plans to house 89 households who lost their houses in the flood and need help over the winter. The mixture of strategies to increase the housing supply includes helping residents to finish secondary suites and incentivizing laneway houses. We are also collecting information for workforce-style trailers, modular and mobile homes, tiny homes from suppliers in the province. The goal is to draw on what is available in a way that brings residents together by helping each other out. This will create greater long-term investment that is cheaper to implement than a work camp type arrangement.
“We have the plan and it’s solid, as it has been evolving since June” said Graham Watt, Recovery Manager. “This week we met with the Premier and senior staff to discuss the Boundary flood recovery efforts and funding arrangements. We remain hopeful of an announcement with a firm funding commitment to help our residents with their housing needs.”
The Recovery Team interviewed 390 households to determine which ones would need this short-term support. Before the report was produced in late August, the team had already submitted a proposal for a pilot project to be implemented with a couple of dozen units. Given the late season, that plan has changed to a full-scale implementation in a matter of weeks instead of months.
“I’m still optimistic, despite the timeline” said Roly Russell, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Chair. “All our partners in the Provincial government, Premier Horgan included, understand the desperate urgency of this need, and I have high hopes that we’ll hear good news very soon.”
Many residents have already put insurance money, Disaster Financial Assistance, and their own savings into repairing their homes. The majority of those out of their homes are seniors and many are unable to repair their homes by themselves. The focus for the next 8 weeks is to get families in need into safe, warm, and dry accommodation for the winter.