In a sea of waitlists for affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast, one unit in an unassuming development in ts’uḵw’um (Wilson Creek) stands empty, like a life raft with no takers.
Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast is in the “very unusual” position of having to consider what to do if a wheelchair-accessible family unit under construction isn’t filled due to a lack of demand, executive director Douglas Dunn told Coast Reporter. “We can’t seem to find anybody.”
Low-income working Sunshine Coast families who have wheelchair accessibility needs have been invited to apply for at least six months, according to Dunn, and Habitat has been “very aggressively” trying to recruit since September. So far, the only application submitted didn’t qualify.
Dunn said the organization expected “huge demand” for the suite and was surprised when almost nobody applied. “In the Metro Vancouver area, when they have a suite available there’s a lineup.”
The two-bedroom unit is part of a fourplex – the last building in Habitat’s Sunshine Coast Village development on the south side of Highway 101 in ts’ukw’um, bringing the total number of family dwellings at the site to 16.
Interior work is nearing completion and Habitat has selected families for the three other units, with a move-in date of Dec. 1. The wheelchair-accessible unit stands vacant.
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