Prince George, 1st Avenue – Innovative Mixed-Use and Supportive Housing


BC Housing is collaborating with the City of Prince George and Northern Health on one of the most significant and innovative housing projects in Northern BC. Together, the partners are adding affordable housing integrated with healthcare services to serve the community’s most vulnerable populations and improve the community, particularly the City’s downtown area.

Located at 805/855 First Avenue (the previous location of NR Motors), the site is currently being designed to accommodate 150 new housing units.

The first project will involve 50 urgently needed, purpose-built supportive homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This supportive housing will include 24/7 support services such as meal programs, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness supports. An experienced non-profit operator will be selected to manage the building and day-to-day operations. Construction of these 50 new supportive homes is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021 and open early in 2022.

The second project will consist of two buildings that will provide up to 100 affordable, energy-efficient homes with supports and services to help people recover and stay healthy. The concept includes ground-floor healthcare space in each building that would be accessible to both residents and the public. Northern Health, in partnership with other health service agencies, will be responsible for overseeing these spaces and providing primary care, harm reduction, and specialized mental health and substance-use services. This innovative project addresses recommendations in Northern Health’s 2017 downtown health services plan.


BC Housing is collaborating with the City of Prince George and Northern Health on one of the most significant and innovative housing projects in Northern BC. Together, the partners are adding affordable housing integrated with healthcare services to serve the community’s most vulnerable populations and improve the community, particularly the City’s downtown area.

Located at 805/855 First Avenue (the previous location of NR Motors), the site is currently being designed to accommodate 150 new housing units.

The first project will involve 50 urgently needed, purpose-built supportive homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This supportive housing will include 24/7 support services such as meal programs, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness supports. An experienced non-profit operator will be selected to manage the building and day-to-day operations. Construction of these 50 new supportive homes is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021 and open early in 2022.

The second project will consist of two buildings that will provide up to 100 affordable, energy-efficient homes with supports and services to help people recover and stay healthy. The concept includes ground-floor healthcare space in each building that would be accessible to both residents and the public. Northern Health, in partnership with other health service agencies, will be responsible for overseeing these spaces and providing primary care, harm reduction, and specialized mental health and substance-use services. This innovative project addresses recommendations in Northern Health’s 2017 downtown health services plan.