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Media Release - Council very pleased with announcement of supportive housing projects

Council very pleased with announcement of supportive housing project
 
Powell River’s Mayor and Council are very pleased that the City’s partnership with the BC Government has resulted in the announcement of a 40-unit supportive housing development that will be situated on property owned by the Powell River Regional Hospital District to the northeast of the intersection of Joyce and Harvie Avenues.
 
City of Powell River Councillor Maggie Hathaway said that in 2015, Powell River began a social planning process, which included housing and homelessness. “We now have several affordable housing units in process and the addition of this 40-unit transitional housing project, along with appropriate supports, will go a long way to seeing many in crisis become productive members in our community,” she said.
 
“I am very excited about this very positive move forward for Powell River and look forward to it coming to fruition."
 
The City of Powell River has cooperated with BC Housing and has been supportive in finding a suitable site for the modular housing project. City staff will continue to work with BC Housing in navigating the permitting process for the construction of the modular units on the designated site.
 
“I am very pleased to see this project that we have been diligently working on now for the past number of months coming to fruition,” said Mayor Dave Formosa. “The need to help and house the hard to house, and the vulnerable segment of our city’s population, is of absolute importance to City Council and all our citizens. I am very pleased with this initiative and thankful to our Provincial Government for continuing to listen to the needs of our community, as well as the special needs of certain citizens who need our help the most.”
 
Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman said in the past few years the community has started seeing visibly homeless people with nowhere to go.
 
“The number of people in the Powell River area who are considered homeless or at risk of becoming homeless is staggering,” she said. “There is a varied need for many different types of housing here and these 40 units will help a broad range of people who just need to get on their feet and get some support and assistance. It will help those who may need some help in finding employment, so they can then find a place of their own. Some might need a safe place to go if leaving an unstable situation or are looking for help with substance abuse. This will serve the greater community immensely. These units will be extremely beneficial to our community.”
 
Leishman said she is thrilled that Powell River has stepped up and been able to work with the Province to bring these units to our community.
 
“I have to give a huge shout-out to City staff who stepped up to the plate to keep moving this project forward,” she said. “With cooperation from the Regional Hospital District that includes representation from Tla'amin Nation for providing the optimal parcel of land, it has been a wonderful example of how all the governments can work together collaboratively to achieve a truly beneficial endeavour for the vulnerable people who need it most.”
 
The 40 self-contained homes will each have their own bathroom and kitchen facilities. BC Housing has indicated that construction of the housing project in Powell River is expected to begin in fall 2018 and be complete by spring 2019. BC Housing and its project partners will host a community information session to inform the public about the project on September 17th, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Powell River Public Library.
 
All new modular housing buildings in the province are being provided with around-the-clock staffing to help young people, people with disabilities, seniors, and others in critical housing need. There are a number of services and supports that will be provided to the people who qualify to access this housing. These could include: meals; connecting residents to community supports such as education and employment opportunities, and health and wellness services; help in accessing income assistance, pension benefits, disability benefits, and other services; support for residents to learn how to operate and maintain a home.
 
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For more information, contact:
Scott Randolph
Manager of Economic Development, Real Estate and Communications
604-485-8653
srandolph@powellriver.ca
 
Photo information
 
The attached site plan shows the approximate location of the 40-unit housing project designated as transitional housing for the homeless.


 

Event date: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 3:00pm

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