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.
About the Project
Service providers estimate there are more than 50 people experiencing homelessness in the area, not counting those already accessing the local shelter. There is currently no supportive housing in Hope, and the Hope shelter is operating at capacity. To address this urgent need, BC Housing has identified an opportunity to create 52 new homes with 24/7 supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Hope.
The Hope and Area Transition Society (HATS) currently manages House of Hope, a 20-bed shelter located on the adjacent site and would operate the new supportive housing. A House of Hope Community Advisory Committee, led by HATS, with representation from BC Housing, the District of Hope, Fraser Health, RCMP, BC Ambulance, community organizations and community members at large, currently meets on a quarterly basis to discuss any concerns related to the shelter. This committee would begin meeting every two months if the housing is approved, as a resource to support the successful integration of the new building into the community.
Supportive housing is a self-contained studio home with supports provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. The housing would be available to people who are homeless in the surrounding area and those currently living in House of Hope. BC Housing and HATS would lead the resident selection process, in collaboration with local service providers. All new residents would pay rent, sign a program agreement and good neighbour agreement.
Process and Engagement
Community Information Meetings – December 5, 2019
Two community information meetings were held on December 5, 2019 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Hope. Project display boards were presented by representatives from BC Housing, Fraser Health, and Hope and Area Transition Society, who were in attendance to answer questions and receive input.
Poster boards from the meeting are below:
- Community need in Hope
- New homes with supports proposed for Hope
- Preliminary site plan and renderings
- What is supportive housing
- Poster boards
A Hope Info Session Summary Report was submitted to the District of Hope containing community feedback on the proposal for supportive housing. This report includes a meeting summary, an analysis of comment sheets and emails received, and a written discussion on how issues and concerns (identified at the meeting and through comments) are addressed in the project. To protect the privacy of individuals, the comment forms and emails have been removed from the appendices, but were provided in full to the District.
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