BC Housing, in partnership with the City of Parksville and Island Crisis Care Society, is building 52 homes with supports at 222 Corfield Street South.
Process & Engagement
Small Group Information Sessions - June 2019
BC Housing held six small group information sessions from June 24 to 26, 2019, at the Parksville Community Centre. These sessions provided an opportunity to introduce community members to ICCS staff, to share more about the community advisory committee, and to answer any outstanding questions around operations.
Parksville City Council Third Reading – July 4, 2018
Parksville City Council Public Hearing – June 19, 2018
View the updated Schematic Design Package (May 17, 2018) for proposed supportive housing in Parksville.
Parksville City Council Meeting – May 7, 2018
Open House – March 20, 2018
This meeting provided an opportunity for community members to learn about plans for proposed supportive housing in Parksville. Poster boards were on display and representatives from BC Housing, Island Crisis Care Society, Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness, and the City of Parksville were in attendance. Comments sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (up to and including April 16) have been used to create a summary report.
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 or will be addressed through changes to the proposal.
About the Project
Orca Place, 52 new homes with supports for people experiencing homelessness in the Oceanside region, will be opening soon at 222 Corfield Street South. Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) will be managing the new housing. Staff will be on site 24/7 providing support to the new residents. ICCS is also establishing a community advisory committee to help integrate the building into the neighbourhood. BC Housing owns the building and will fund operations.
Recently, the City of Parksville purchased the land from the Regional District of Nanaimo, and subsequently, a cold-weather shelter will no longer be operating in the building. BC Housing is working with the City to determine a new location for a shelter in Parksville.
Over the past few months, ICCS and BC Housing have been working with local service providers selecting residents for Orca Place. Each applicant goes through a thoughtful and thorough assessment process to ensure that an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports live at Orca Place. Each successful applicant is a person over the age of 19, who is homeless or at risk, and currently lives in the community. All residents will pay rent and sign a program agreement. Oceanside residents will be given priority.
There are a variety of support services planned. Each resident may require different support. All residents will receive individualized case planning to further develop life and social skills such as employment planning and managing the transition to independence and recovery. Programming space will be available to facilitate training and food preparation. Other services will include outreach workers, wellness checks, and connection and referral to community services and support groups.
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