The Province has identified a location and operator for modular housing in Penticton that will be built by a local manufacturer, helping those most in need, while strengthening the local economy.
“We’re acting to provide a rapid solution to homelessness in the community, but we’re also thrilled that part of the solution here in Penticton involves a local company,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “When we work together and build multi-lateral partnerships between the Province, the city and local business, we ensure that the needs of those experiencing homelessness and the whole community are addressed.”
The proposed location for the facility is on the property at the Skaha Sunrise Motel on Skaha Lake Road at Green Avenue, which is provincially owned land. The new homes will be built by Penticton’s own Metric Modular, which will support the growth of the region’s economy. The housing will feature 52 new homes with 24/7 support services.
ASK Wellness has been selected to operate the building, which is anticipated to be complete by December 2018. Each home will include a private bathroom and kitchen and there will be a shared amenity space for programming and laundry facilities. Residents will also have access to support services, such as meal programs, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness supports.
Neighbouring residents and businesses will have the opportunity to learn more about the project through an open house that will be scheduled later in April. BC Housing is committed to following the municipal process to ensure the location is appropriately zoned for the project.
Andrew Jakubeit, mayor, City of Penticton -
“We are very grateful for the Province and BC Housing for providing housing for some our most vulnerable, to provide basic shelter and hopefully initiate the process to regain some dignity and help towards contributing to a healthier community.”
Stephen Branch, president, Metric Modular –
“We are proud to be a part of the team of ASK Wellness, the City of Penticton, and BC Housing, with the B.C. provincial government’s ever-expanding solutions for those who are homeless in B.C. Metric Modular’s Penticton factory provides employment to many local families and we are all extremely excited to be part of this project that will benefit our community.”
Bob Hughes, executive director, ASK Wellness –
“We are honoured and privileged to work with the City of Penticton, BC Housing, and local stakeholders to help develop and operate the proposed 52-unit modular housing facility. Our experience and success housing and supporting individuals with histories of homelessness throughout the region provides us the confidence that we can make a difference in the community of Penticton. We believe this housing facility and the supports provided onsite will help transform the lives of the residents, allowing them to regain their dignity and sense of hope.”
- The Penticton modular homes are a part of a provincewide investment of $291 million to build 2,000 homes around the province and more than $170 million over three years to provide 24/7 staffing and support services.
- Through this program, more than 1,500 new homes for people most in need have started development throughout the province.
- Budget 2018 provides further supports for people struggling with homelessness with the announcement of an additional 2,500 new homes with 24/7 support services.
- The Province will be working with local governments and community partners to develop a Homelessness Action Plan to reduce homelessness through permanent housing and services.
Read Homes for B.C., government’s 30-point plan to address housing affordability for British Columbians: bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/homesbc/2018_Homes_For_BC.pdf
A backgrounder follows.
Lindsay ByersMinistry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Rajvir RaoBC Housing
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.
The Province is investing $170 million over three years to help those with the highest housing needs to build new beginnings. Experienced non-profit housing providers will provide support to tenants based on their assessed needs.
Some of the services and supports that will be provided to young people, seniors, people with disabilities and others who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless are:
- Connecting residents to community supports, such as education and employment opportunities, and health and wellness services;
- Individual or group support services, such as life skills, community information, and social and recreational programs;
- Case planning and needs assessment;
- Other supports designed to assist residents in meeting their personal and housing goals, including culturally specific programs;
- Assistance to access income assistance, pension benefits, disability benefits, obtaining a B.C. identification card or establishing a bank account;
- Support for residents to learn how to operate and maintain a home; and
- No-cost laundry services, either on-site or off-site.