New supportive homes open in Campbell River

New supportive homes open in Campbell River
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This drawing is an approximation of what BC Housing intended to construct on the site.

The Province of BC has revealed the construction is complete on a new 50-unit supportive housing development in Campbell River that will offer homes and support for people experiencing homelessness.

The housing complex is located at 580 Dogwood St. and will offer 24/7 support services, managed by Vancouver Island Mental Health Society. Onsite supports will include access to life-skills training, employment assistance and counselling, physical and mental health resources, as well as addiction recovery services.

The name of the building is Q’waxsem Place. Q’waxsem means “treehouse” in the local Kwakwala language, reflecting the desire to “create a communal and friendly atmosphere for residents,” according to the Province.

“This housing will make a significant difference for people in Campbell River who are experiencing homelessness by getting them a chance to stabilize their lives and come inside,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “Thanks to the leadership of communities like Campbell River, we can continue to address the need for supportive housing there and in communities throughout the province.”

The Province says it provided approximately $10.4 million in construction and financing costs for the project through the Supportive Housing Fund.

The government says an additional $962,000 will be provided annually in order to operate the facility.

The City of Campbell River says that it also provided the land on a long-term lease arrangement, as well as approximately $550,000 in equity contributions and waivers.

“Along with filling an immediate, urgent need for the people who will live here, the opening of Q’waxsem Place helps ensure Campbell River has a range of housing options for people in our community,” said Andy Adams, mayor of Campbell River. “Building on affordable housing that provides safety, security and wraparound supports at Q’waxsem Place, we look forward to the continued partnership with the Province and BC Housing to facilitate additional housing for the most vulnerable.”

The housing facility will also accommodate people from the 20-bed temporary bridge housing program at the former Rose Bowl Restaurant. Residents will start moving into the building in the next few weeks.

The Province says an additional 80 new affordable rental homes for people in Campbell River are on the way as well including 27 homes for people with low to moderate incomes (Linda’s Place) and 57 homes for women and children leaving violence.

Residents can learn more about provincially funded housing projects on the government’s website.

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