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
View the Frequently Asked Questions for Gibsons Supportive Housing
The Government of Canada is transferring 749 School Road to the Town of Gibsons, with the condition that the land be used to develop homes with supports for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The land will be owned by the Town and will be leased to BC Housing, who will provide funding to build and operate the housing, to be managed by RainCity Housing. This plan recognizes the increasing need for affordable housing and the increase in number of people without homes or precariously housed in our community.
RainCity Housing has been successfully operating a temporary winter shelter in Gibsons for the past two winters and has built relationships with the people who access the shelter and outreach services. RainCity provides innovative, outcome-oriented programs and services for people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness, across the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast.
Supportive housing is a self-contained studio home with supports provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. Priority would be given to Gibsons residents who meet the eligibility criteria. BC Housing and RainCity would lead the resident selection process, in collaboration with local service providers. All new residents would pay rent and sign a program agreement and good neighbour agreement. A community advisory committee would be developed to support the successful integration of the new building and residents into the community, with representation from BC Housing, Town of Gibsons, Vancouver Coastal Health, RCMP, local businesses, community organizations and community members.
This application is in the preliminary phase of planning and we would like to invite the community to learn more about what supportive housing is, why it is needed in Gibsons, and to view preliminary design concepts so that input can inform the application. Visit the Process & Engagement tab for more information.
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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