Aunt Leah’s House | Laneway House – Opening Fall 2024
The purpose of this project is to increase housing capacity at Aunt Leah’s House and provide housing solutions for mothers on the continuum to independent living. The new house will be 1497 sq ft and contain 3 beds, 2 baths, a large kitchen and shared living space.
Project Team – PD Moore (Builder), VictorEric (Architect), Reaching Home (Lead Funder), City of Burnaby
Aunt Leah’s House
Burnaby: After over 30 years in service, the newly rebuilt Aunt Leah’s House opened January 2023. The new house is purpose-built to provide a safe haven for up to five young moms and their babies, often in foster care, to stay together and receive essential support. The house offers a caring environment with staff and family support workers to guide and assist moms in caring for their babies. With four bedrooms, a training kitchen, office space, and a self-contained suite for graduating moms, the facility ensures comfortable beginnings for vulnerable families.
New Westminster: “Thresholds 1” is leased to Aunt Leah’s Place for delivery of their Thresholds Program. This is a communal living program where up to 5 moms and babies are supported as they transition into fully independent living. Since acquiring the property, Aunt Leah’s Properties has invested in a fully equipped training kitchen, and a backyard “coach-house” that has been transformed into a training space for lifeskills and cultural programming.
New Westminster: Thresholds 2 is a large house with 5 bedrooms upstairs and a fully equipped 2-bedroom suite in the basement, providing communal housing for up to 6 moms and their babies. This building was purchased in 2017 and is also leased to Aunt Leah’s for delivery of the Thresholds Program. The house sits on a large lot, where the Laneway House is located.
Aunt Leah’s Properties was the first recipient of a construction grant from BC Housing to build a laneway home. Constructed in 2019, this project serves as a template for high-quality and affordable housing for the non-profit sector in the Province of British Columbia.
One of the first Laneway Houses to be built in the City of New Westminster under its new Laneway and Carriage House Program, this development provides a cost-effective 700 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom flexible one-storey home for young moms and their babies.
With 11 bachelor, one and two bedroom units, this small apartment building centrally located in New Westminster was acquired by the Foundation in 2017, with the support of BC Housing. The heritage building was constructed in 1913 and a century later, in 2014, a major renovation was undertaken with fully modern upgrades to the structure and the interior finishing.
The Telford allows Aunt Leah’s Properties to provide independent living in a “community” environment. Suites are rented to youth aging out of foster care who are seeking affordable housing.