Options Community Services has launched a campaign with 50 local women to raise $25,000 each for an affordable housing project in Surrey. (Photo: womenofoptions.ca).
Options Community Services has launched a campaign with 50 local women to raise $25,000 each for an affordable housing project in Surrey. (Photo: womenofoptions.ca).

Options Community Services has launched a campaign with 50 local women to raise $25,000 each for an affordable housing project in Surrey. (Photo: womenofoptions.ca). Options Community Services has launched a campaign with 50 local women to raise $25,000 each for an affordable housing project in Surrey. (Photo: womenofoptions.ca).

Options launches campaign to raise $1.5M for housing project in Surrey

50 women tasked with raising $25,000 each

In celebrating its 50th anniversary, Options Community Services has launched a fundraising campaign for an affordable housing project in Newton.

Launched Wednesday (Feb. 17), Options has brought together 50 “influential South Fraser women” to raise $1.5 million in support of a new 100-unit affordable housing project at 81st Avenue and King George Boulevard. Thirty of the units would be market rentals, while the remaining 70 would be below market rates, with rent starting as low as $375 per month.

“It’s really a dream and it will make a life-altering difference to people who can access it,” said Christine Mohr, CEO of Options and campaign co-chair.

Mohr said in 2018, Options put out a question to staff to find out what they were hearing was the greatest challenge from clients.

She said “within hours,” she was seeing messages about the “absence of affordable housing.”

“If you don’t have a secure foundation and a place that’s home … What else can you do? You’re really in survival mode.”

Options purchased property at 8109, 8123 and 8135 King George Boulevard in 2015 with the initial plan to build spaces for community services, Mohr said they decided to expand into housing.

Mohr said the project will also include community services, such as early years, mental health outreach and family services.

From there, she said, Options came up with the idea of asking 50 women “to help raise the gap” in funding.

“It was overwhelming to see how excited they were about doing this on behalf of the community,” she noted.

Options board members and staff have also contributed to the cause, and the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society has also contributed $250,000.

The project is slated to open in mid-2023.

To see a full list of the women involved in the campaign, and to find out more about the project, visit womenofoptions.ca.

READ ALSO: Three Surrey housing projects to get $3.9M over next decade, Nov. 25, 2020


Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

Charity and DonationsHousing and Homelessness

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An officer collects forensic evidence from a police SUV following the July 18, 2015 incident that ended in the police-shooting death of Hudson Brooks in South Surrey. (File photo)
Experts discuss toxicology, use-of-force at inquest into fatal 2015 police shooting in South Surrey

Proceedings could lead to recommendations for preventing similar deaths

Longtime Earl Marriott Secondary rugby coach Adam Roberts said he’s concerned that young athletes are losing motivation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has cancelled high-school sports seasons since last spring. (Janice Croze photo)
COVID-19: Stress, lack of activity a consequence of pandemic

‘There’s nothing really driving’ students right now, says South Surrey rugby coach

Photo: Surrey RCMP
Surrey RCMP arrests two boys, age 16, during dial-a-dope investigation in Whalley

Sergeant Elenore Sturko said one boy is ‘alleged to have been in possession of a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest’

(Photo: junioreinsteinsacademy.ca)
Nearly 300 new child-care spaces coming to Surrey

Provincial funding to benefit five centres

A reminder to students at Surrey’s Strawberry Hill Elementary to physically distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
7 Surrey schools reporting possible COVID-19 exposures; no variants reported overnight

INTERACTIVE TABLE: Search for schools, organize by exposure dates

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends deadline for tourism, small business COVID-19 grants

Business owners expect months more of lost revenues

Anti-pipeline protests continue in Greater Vancouver, with the latest happening Thursday, March 4 at a Trans Mountain construction site in Burnaby. (Facebook/Laurel Dykstra)
A dozen faith-based protestors blockade Burnaby Trans Mountain site in prayer

The group arrived early Thursday, planning to ‘block any further work’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Mid day at the Vancouver Port Intersection blockade on March 3, organized by the Braided Warriors. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
Anti-pipeline blockade at Vancouver intersection broken up by police

Demonstraters were demanding the release of a fellow anti-TMX protester

(Government of B.C.)
Backcountry skiers are dwarfed by the mountains as they make their way along a mountain ridge near McGillivray Pass Lodge located in the southern Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Avalanche Canada has issued a special warning to people who use the backcountry in the mountains of western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Avalanche Canada special warning for mountains in western Alberta, eastern B.C.

Avalanche Canada also says everyone in a backcountry party needs essential rescue gear

A recently finished $4.3-million taxiway extension at the Victoria International Airport (not pictured) is unusable because of a blind spot. (Black Press Media file photo)
Blind spot leaves Victoria airport’s new $4.3-million taxiway extension unusable

Solution has been put on hold by COVID-19 pandemic, says airport authority

The City of Vancouver estimates there are 3,500 Canada geese in the city right now, and that number is growing. (Bruce Hogarth)
Help tame Vancouver’s Canada goose population by reporting nests: park officials

The city is asking residents to be on the lookout so staff can remove nests or addle eggs

Most Read