Rhoda Kaellis residents celebrates official opening in New Westminster

Rhoda Kaellis Residence, a supportive and transitional housing development recently built on Royal Avenue in New Westminster had its official opening on Tuesday.

The residence has 24 apartments for those with a history of homelessness, mental health issues and substance abuse.

Residents of the 11 transitional apartments receive housing with support services for up to two years while the other 13 are affordable units that provide permanent independent housing.

Kaellis was a community activist known for her determined efforts to eliminate homelessness and was also an advocate for affordable housing in New Westminster.

The project cost $9.4 million, with the province providing $7 million and the federal government the rest. It will cost the provincial government $733,000 a year to operate, although it will be run by the Lookout Emergency Aid Society.

“Our investment here at Rhoda Kaellis Residence is helping to increase the range of housing options available in New Westminster, making a real and last difference in this community,” said Senator Yonah Martin.

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