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Province responds to need for supportive housing with site in Maple Ridge

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Municipal Affairs and Housing

Province responds to need for supportive housing with site in Maple Ridge

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778 698-9176
Rajvir Rao
BC Housing
604 456-8917
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Media Contacts
Media Relations
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
778 698-9176
Rajvir Rao
BC Housing
604 456-8917

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Investments in supportive housing by community

The Province is making significant investments in providing supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in communities throughout B.C., including through the Supportive Housing Fund and the Rapid Response to Homelessness program.

The Supportive Housing Fund invests $1.2 billion over 10 years to build 2,500 homes with 24/7 supports to help people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and those in temporary housing. To date, 390 of these units have been allocated.

The Rapid Response to Homelessness program is an investment of $291 million for 2,000 modular housing units for people experiencing homelessness and more than $170 million over three years to provide 24/7 staffing and support services for these units. These units are fully allocated.

The following list represents the number of supportive housing projects and units in communities that are built or underway through investments by the current government:

Abbotsford: 2 projects / 83 homes

Burnaby: 1 project / 52 homes

Chilliwack: 2 projects / 92 homes

Courtenay: 1 project / 46 homes

Grand Forks: 1 project / 34 homes

Hope: 1 project / 20 homes

Kamloops: 3 projects / 163 homes

Kelowna: 3 projects / 148 homes

Langley: 1 project / 49 homes

Maple Ridge: 1 project / 53 homes

Nanaimo: 2 projects / 164 homes

New Westminster: 1 project / 44 homes

Parksville: 1 project / 55 homes

Penticton: 1 project / 62 homes

Port Alberni: 1 project / 35 homes

Powell River: 1 project / 40 homes

Prince Rupert: 1 project / 36 homes

Queen Charlotte: 1 project / 19 homes

Richmond: 1 project / 40 homes

Sechelt: 1 project / 40 homes

Smithers: 1 project / 24 homes

Surrey: number of projects to be confirmed / 360 homes

Terrace: 1 project / 52 homes

Vancouver: 12 projects / 726 homes

Vernon: 2 projects / 98 homes

Victoria: 1 project / 21 homes
As part of the $90-million Regional Housing First Program, the Province, Capital Regional District and the federal government are also creating an additional 2,000 new affordable rental housing homes for people in the Victoria region, with 400 of these homes designed to provide supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.

Services and supports provided in supportive housing

All new supportive 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.

Experienced non-profit housing providers offer support to tenants based on their assessed needs.

Some of the services and supports that are provided to young people, seniors, people with disabilities and others who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, include:

  • meals;
  • 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;
  • help accessing 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- or off-site.

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