CBT gives a boost to affordable housing around the Basin

Affordable housing is getting a boost around the region, after the Columbia Basin Trust handed out their first grants as part of their new Energy Retrofit Program.

The CBT will be providing 9-hundred thousand dollars to help 25 buildings with over 500 affordable housing units.

Director of Delivery of Benefits Wayne Lundberg says they had 18 non profit societies apply.

He said a lot of what they'll be funding is H-VAC heating and cooling systems, lights, and other efficiencies.

He says projects will help to reduce operating costs for the buildings which is good for residents and the non profit societies.

Projects were fairly evenly split between the East and West Kootenay, with 5 in Castlgar, 2 in Creston and Trail, and 1 in Fruitvale and Nelson.

The next intake will be sometime in 2018.