BC Housing and The Town of Gibsons are working on a plan for 40 permanent homes with supports for people who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness at 749 School Road in Gibsons.
About the Project
The Government of Canada is giving this land to the Town of Gibsons to build homes for people who are experiencing homelessness.
The land will be owned by Gibsons and will be leased to BC Housing. BC Housing will provide funding to build and operate the housing. The housing will be managed by RainCity Housing. This project helps create affordable housing and decrease the number of people without homes in the community.
RainCity Housing has been operating a temporary winter shelter in Gibsons. They have built relationships with people in need. RainCity also provides programs and services across the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast.
Supportive housing is a self-contained studio home with 24/7 staffing and supports provided on-site. People from Gibsons will be chosen based on their eligibility to live in this housing. BC Housing and RainCity will lead the resident selection process, with help from local service providers. All new residents will pay rent and sign a program agreement and good neighbour agreement.
A community advisory committee will be developed to support the successful integration of the new building and residents into the community. This committee will have representation from BC Housing, Town of Gibsons, Vancouver Coastal Health, RCMP, local businesses, community organizations, and community members.
Process & Engagement
Public Information Meetings – July 31, 2019
Public information meetings were held on July 31, 2019 at the Gibsons Public Market. Project display boards were presented by representatives from BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Town of Gibsons and RainCity Housing, who were in attendance to answer questions and receive input.
- Gibsons supportive housing information sheet
- New homes with supports for Gibsons
- Site plan and rendering
- Engagement summary
- What is supportive housing?
- Poster boards (full set)
A summary report has been submitted to the Town of Gibsons. A redacted version is available here:
Gibsons - July 2019 Summary Report (redacted)
Community Discussions – April 3 and 4, 2019
The community discussions provided an opportunity to learn more about the vision for supportive housing on School Road, including operations and preliminary design considerations. There was a presentation, followed by a facilitated discussion with other participants, including representatives from BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Town of Gibsons and RainCity Housing.
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