Alder Gardens - YWCA's New Housing in Surrey
Alder Gardens Update: On February 7th, through much support from government, donors, staff and valuable partnerships, the YWCA broke ground at Alder Gardens to officially launch Surrey’s new affordable housing construction for single mothers. The construction will be completed in early 2012. Photo Gallery.
Housing applicants – We are now accepting rental applications for Alder Gardens and Como Lake Gardens communities.
In partnership with the City of Surrey and BC Housing, the YWCA is building a new housing community in Surrey.
YWCA Alder Gardens will cater to single mothers and their children and link community services in a supportive housing model. This new housing community will include 36 units for single mothers, with priority given to Surrey residents. Rental rates will be determined using a prorated, income-based rent system whereby women pay no more than 30% of income.
What is YWCA's supportive housing model?
Alder Gardens will offer support services to residents that provide tools and resources for them to build their economic independence and prevent future homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. The Alder Gardens Community Development Worker will form strong networks in the community, and will refer residents to local programs for children, youth and families. In addition, residents will benefit from the YWCA’s comprehensive service provision experience.
The City of Surrey has had an ongoing interest in finding solutions to increasing the supply of affordable housing for residents.
Research found that 12% of renter households in Surrey (4,085 renter households) are classified by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as being “in need and paying at least half of their income on housing” (INALH). These INALH households are considered to be the households “at increased risk” of becoming homeless. Surrey has a higher proportion of INALH households that are families (51% or 2,085 families), as compared to Vancouver (22%) and Burnaby (40%). If subsidized housing is not found it means that often choices between paying rent or eating have to be made.