The YWCA’s Como Lake Gardens – 30 units of affordable housing for single mothers and their children – opened at 528 Como Lake Ave. in Coquitlam at the end of April. Since that time, the facility has amply demonstrated that it is improving the lives of the single mother families living there. Recently the Coquitlam Now ran an article on one such family – read the article
The City of Coquitlam was instrumental in making Como Lake Gardens possible. In a recent letter to the editor of the Now, Sandy Burpee, Chair of the Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group, wrote:
Thank you for your article explaining how affordable housing has improved the lives of 30 women and their children living at the YWCA’s Como Lake Gardens. I would like to emphasize the role the City of Coquitlam played in the creation of Como Lake Gardens. This project was a partnership between the YWCA, the City of Coquitlam and BC Housing which was precipitated by the City of Coquitlam making the land at 528 Como Lake Ave. available on a long term lease at no cost to the Provincial Homelessness Initiative. The project would not have happened without Coquitlam Council recognizing the difference the City could make in lives of families struggling to make ends meet. The benefits will be realized not only by the single mothers living at Como Lake Gardens, but by their children as they grow into adulthood.