Hope – DECEMBER 9 UPDATE – BC Housing has extended the deadline to receive feedback on the proposal for supportive housing until Friday, December 13, 2019. All emails, Let’s Talk comments, and comment forms received by this date will be included in a summary report to the District of Hope.
BC Housing is proposing to build 52 new homes with supports that will be operated by the Hope and Area Transition Society (HATS). The property at 660/670 Old Hope Princeton Way is adjacent to the House of Hope, a permanent 20-bed shelter that HATS has operated since Fall 2018. BC Housing will be leading a rezoning application to the District of Hope for the supportive housing; this application will also include 650 Old Hope Princeton Way, the location of the shelter that HATS currently operates.
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NOVEMBER 21 ORIGINAL STORY – Pending approval, the Province is teaming up with the Hope and Area Transition Society and community partners on a proposed development that would bring 52 new homes with supports for people experiencing homelessness in the community.
“This project is a great example of how we’re working with partners to make life better for people in Hope,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Everyone deserves stable housing, and these new supportive homes will give people experiencing homelessness in Hope the foundation they need to move forward with their lives. We’re proud to be working with our partners to deliver thousands of new homes like these across B.C.”
The proposed development would be located at 660/670 Old Hope Princeton Way, connected to House of Hope, a 20-bed shelter that the society has operated since fall 2018. BC Housing and the society will submit a rezoning application for both spaces on November 26.
BC Housing would lead the construction of the project. The society would operate the building and provide residents with meal programs, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness support services.
Hope has no supportive housing. Service providers estimate there are more than 40 people experiencing homelessness in the area, in addition to people currently accessing the House of Hope shelter.
“Hope and Area Transition Society has been the primary lead on homelessness initiatives in Hope since 2008,” said Gerry Dyble, executive director, Hope and Area Transition Society. “For the past decade, Hope has seen a growing number of vulnerable and at-risk people in need of housing and support services.
“Many people have been displaced as a result of the rising cost of rentals. The fact is that Hope does not have affordable housing options or a continuum of housing options for those facing complex challenges. Having supportive housing in Hope will mean that the most vulnerable will no longer be living in unsafe, unsupportive conditions, they will be able to find dignity, gain purpose and stabilize their mental health and substance-use issues.”
If the project is approved, BC Housing will update the community with the estimated project cost and proposed construction timeline. If approved, funding for the project would come from the Province’s Supportive Housing Fund.
Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.