Phase 2 of new affordable housing project in River Bend opens

Joint release with the Government of Yukon, Da Daghay Development Corporation (DDDC) and the City of Whitehorse.

Today, the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council (TKC), Da Daghay Development Corporation (DDDC), along with the Government of Yukon and the City of Whitehorse, announced the opening of Phase 2 of the River Bend development in Whistle Bend. The second phase of the affordable housing development project consists of two buildings that will provide an additional 28 homes for Yukoners.

The Government of Yukon supported this project through a $500,000 capital grant under the Municipal Matching Rental Construction Program. Homes will be available to Ta’an Kwäch’än Citizens and Yukon Housing Corporation clients. The River Bend development is another example of partnerships between governments to support the development of healthy and safe housing options in the Yukon.

The River Bend affordable housing development project is a testament to the power and value of collaboration with our community partners, as it is creating a real impact for Yukoners by providing affordable housing options that meets the needs of people. We are pleased to announce the opening of Phase 2 of the River Bend affordable housing development project that is a continuation of the partnership between the Government of Yukon, Da Daghay Development Corporation and the City of Whitehorse to provide affordable housing options to Yukoners.

Minister responsible for Yukon Housing Corporation Ranj Pillai

The City is excited to see more rental units made available in Whistle Bend – the city’s fastest-growing neighbourhood. We have been proud to contribute to the River Bend project through development incentives, and to work with the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and its development corporation. We will continue to work with the territorial government and First Nation partners to help people attain housing across the housing continuum.

Mayor Dan Curtis

Quick facts 
  • The Government of Yukon is providing rent supplements for 20 homes in Phase 2 to house families and individuals from the Community Housing waitlist.

  • Rent for Yukon Housing Corporation (YHC) clients in the River Bend development will be based on a Rent-Geared-to-Income program, whereby tenants are charged 25 per cent of their total gross annual household combined income.

  • The Government of Yukon provides support for Yukoners looking to gain and maintain affordable housing under its Rent-Geared-to-Income program.

  • The Municipal Matching Rental Construction Grant is a capital grant that supports the development of new rental housing in the Yukon. Housing developers can apply for municipal incentives (where offered) and funding through this program. Yukon Housing Corporation matches the municipal development incentive.

  • The City of Whitehorse contributed to the project through a development incentive.

  • The new buildings will be super green, high efficiency buildings surrounded by forest and an abundance of greenspace. Each building will contain 14 homes ranging from one to three bedrooms.

  • The Phase 1 and Phase 2 River Bend development to date consists of 70 homes. Da Daghay Development Corporation opened the first of three buildings in Phase 1 of the River Bend Affordable Housing Project in November 2017. The third building of Phase 1 opened in March 2018.


Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

Aneesha Singh
Communications, Yukon Housing Corporation

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