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Chilliwack - Supportive Housing

Project Overview

The City of Chilliwack and BC Housing are partnering to create up to 92 units of supportive housing at two locations that will be operated by RainCity Housing.

artist rendering of 2 lots in Chilliwack
Status
Yale: Approved
Trethewey: Approved
Phase
Yale: Under construction
Trethewey: In development
Date of Completion
Yale: Early 2019
Trethewey: Spring 2019
Location
Chilliwack

Latest Updates

Fri Aug 03 17:00:16 UTC 2018

New homes proposed for people in need in Chilliwack

CHILLIWACK – More people experiencing homelessness in Chilliwack will have the chance for stable housing through another proposed modular housing partnership between the Government of British Columbia and the city.
Thu Mar 08 17:36:21 UTC 2018

New supportive housing for homeless people in Chilliwack

CHILLIWACK – The B.C. government is working with the City of Chilliwack to create up to 46 units of new modular housing with 24/7 support that will help people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, transition towards a more stable life.

Process & Engagement

4500 block of Trethewey Avenue Supportive Housing

Community Open House and Presentation Suite Tours 

A community open house was held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Chilliwack Alliance Church. Tours of a presentation suite similar to the proposed housing were also available on September 11 and 12. Representatives from BC Housing, RainCity and Fraser Health answered questions and provided information.

Poster boards from the open house are below:


45944 Yale Road Supportive Housing

Final Reading

On May 22, 2018, the City of Chilliwack approved the application to rezone the property at 45944 Yale Road.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held at Chilliwack City Hall on May 15, 2018.

Community Open House

A community open house was held on May 8, 2018 at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 46361 Yale Rd, Chilliwack.

Representatives from RainCity Housing, BC Housing, Fraser Health, and the City of Chilliwack presented information and answered questions. Poster boards from that meeting are available below:

Modular Demo Tours

From May 8-11, 2018, BC Housing and RainCity Housing invited the community to drop by and tour a self-contained modular housing unit, similar to the 46 units of modular supportive housing being proposed.

About the Project

BC Housing, Fraser Health, the City of Chilliwack, community agencies and local residents recognize the urgent need for more affordable housing in Chilliwack. In response, BC Housing purchased two properties in Chilliwack to develop the sites for permanent modular housing with 24/7 supports. For the first site at 45944 Yale Road, construction is underway off-site, with delivery of modular units anticipated for Fall 2018, and occupancy early 2019. A second site at 45000 block of Trethewey Avenue is in proposal.

Residents will be provided meals and have access to life and employment skills training, and get the health and wellness support services to help them overcome challenges to maintaining their housing.

Both housing sites would be operated by RainCity Housing, an experienced and professional supportive housing operator. Their responsibilities would include property management, operations management and tenant selection, in collaboration with BC Housing and community partners. Once people move in, staff would remain on-site 24/7 to support tenants.

Fraser Health would deploy an Intensive Case Management team to be available daily to assist tenants on both sites who are facing complex challenges related to health, substance use, mental health, poverty, and education.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening at the 45000 block of Trethewey Avenue?

BC Housing, Fraser Health, the City of Chilliwack, community agencies and local residents recognize the urgent need for more affordable housing in Chilliwack. In response, BC Housing purchased property at the 45000 block of Trethewey Avenue, and proposes to develop the site for permanent modular housing with supports. It is hoped that the housing will be available by spring 2019.

Who will live there?

People who apply to live at the housing will need to meet eligibility requirements around income, homelessness and required supports and programming. Tenants would be low-income individuals over the age of 19 who live in the community, have a history of homelessness and who need additional support services to maintain housing. They would be provided support to assist with their successful tenancy, including daily meal services. There would be staff on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure the tenants are supported and the property is well maintained. Tenants will pay rent.

How will tenants be selected?

Together, BC Housing, RainCity Housing and other community partners will undertake a thoughtful and thorough assessment process to select tenants. All applicants will be required to complete and submit a Supportive Housing Registration application form. From there, BC Housing will utilize the Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) to identify people who would most benefit from supportive housing. This tool is based on a number of indicators (e.g. survival skills, basic and health needs, social behaviours, mental health) and determines the supports required for each individual to maintain stable housing.

When will tenants move in?

If the application to rezone the property is successful, BC Housing will need time to prepare the site, obtain building permit approvals and undertake construction. The goal is to have the housing open in spring 2019.

Who will operate the housing?

The housing would be operated by RainCity Housing, an experienced and professional supportive housing operator. Their responsibilities would include property management, operations management and tenant selection, in collaboration with BC Housing and community partners. Once people move in, staff would remain on-site 24/7 to support tenants.

What will the modular housing look like?

The building and landscaping would be designed to fit with the architectural styles in the neighbourhood. The housing will include a communal kitchen, dining space, medical rooms and private rooms for tenants. Conceptual renderings will be available at the open house on September 11 – however, they will be subject to review and approval through the City of Chilliwack as part of the municipal process.

What is supportive housing?

Supportive housing provides vulnerable people with access to a safe, secure and affordable home. Services provided are tailored for each tenant to help them towards their goals. Overall, supportive housing has a positive effect on tenants’ housing stability, employment capabilities, mental and physical health. Providing vulnerable people with safe homes is also more cost effective than the hidden costs associated with homelessness (e.g. use of emergency health). Supportive housing can lead to a reduction in street homelessness and a healthier, more inclusive, and liveable community. When tenants are ready to move onto independent housing, staff can help tenants to view apartments, and liaise with landlords to support stable tenancies.

What is an Intensive Case Management team?

The Intensive Case Management (ICM) team follows a ‘Housing First’ philosophy, which helps support people who are homeless to obtain and maintain housing. The team assists people with any significant challenges they have related to health, substance use, mental health, poverty, and education by connecting them to support services and treatment. Using a team-based approach with clinicians, nurses and community-support workers, the ICM team will provide comprehensive assessments for people, and help them access treatment and rehabilitation services.

How long will the housing be operating?

This is permanent housing.

How can I get more information?

BC Housing will be hosting an information meeting on September 11, with representatives from BC Housing, RainCity Housing and Fraser Health available to answer questions. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email communityrelations@bchousing.org.