The Revelstoke Community Housing Society is a non-profit corporation formed in December 2007 by the citizens of Revelstoke in collaboration with the municipality. The primary objective of the Society is to provide, manage and promote a range of affordable housing options within the city of Revelstoke that are accessible to low to moderate income residents.
Affordable housing, both rental and ownership, has been an issue in Revelstoke for many years. In 2009, the City of Revelstoke concluded it would be necessary to intervene in the local real estate marketplace to assist in providing affordable housing, as normal private market development was not meeting the need. The City set aside its former Co-op property, now called Bridge Creek Properties, for this purpose and established the housing society to undertake the work of developing affordable housing and managing the sale or rental of the affordable housing units produced.
Bridge Creek Properties is a 14 acre site situated in the Southside area of Revelstoke bordering Oscar Street and Powerhouse Road. It is named for its proximity to Bridge Creek, a small stream flowing through the Industrial Park into the Illecillewaet River and well known as a Kokanee fish spawning channel.
The first developments were undertaken in 2010 with the sale of a lot to the Province to build an ambulance station and another lot dedicated for construction of a duplex unit at 1016 Oscar Street by the housing society. In 2016, the Society completed its second project, a 12 unit townhouse complex at 1014 Oscar Street.
The purposes of the Revelstoke Community Housing Society are:
- Develop safe, adequate, suitable and affordable housing solutions that meet the needs of Revelstoke residents.
- Engage with the community to make informed, effective and transparent decisions.
- Preserve and oversee the management of all affordable housing stock established by the Society or the City of Revelstoke.
- Establish and oversee the management of a housing reserve fund.
- Advise Revelstoke City Council on housing related matters.
- Promote awareness of housing issues in the community.
- Make decisions, including the selection of purchasers and renters, in a fair and consistent manner.
- Lobby senior levels of government and other related agencies for support and resources to deliver affordable housing solutions in Revelstoke.