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Chilliwack - Yale Road Supportive Housing

Project Overview

The City of Chilliwack and BC Housing are partnering to create up to 46 units of supportive housing that will be operated by RainCity Housing.
 
artist rendering of proposed housing for Yale road in Chilliwack
artist rendering of proposed housing for Yale road in Chilliwack
Status
Approved
Phase
Under construction
Date of Completion
Early 2019
Location
Chilliwack

Process & Engagement

Final Reading – May 22, 2018

City of Chilliwack approved the application to rezone the property at 45944 Yale Road.

Public Hearing – May 15, 2018

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

Community Open House - May 8, 2018

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 were on hand to present information and answer questions. Poster boards from that meeting are available below:

Modular Demo Tours - May 8 to 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 property at 45944 Yale Road and will develop the site for permanent modular housing with 24/7 supports.

Tenants will be provided meals and have access to life and employment skills training. They will get the health and wellness support services to help them overcome challenges to maintaining their housing. Fraser Health will operate an Intensive Case Management (ICM) team out of the site to assist people experiencing homelessness who have significant substance use problems, or significant challenges related to health, mental health, poverty, or education.

The housing will be managed by RainCity Housing, an experienced and professional supportive housing operator, and will provide homes for 46 people who have experienced homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. It is hoped that the housing will be available by early 2019. The modular units are currently under construction off-site and will be delivered to the site during the Fall.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening at 45944 Yale Road?

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 45944 Yale Road, and proposes to develop the site for permanent modular housing with supports. You may have already noticed some preparation work beginning on site. Due the age and condition, the existing building is being demolished. This is separate from the rezoning process required for development of the modular housing. It is hoped that the housing will be available by early 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 early 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 May 8 – 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 May 8, 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.

Contact Information

Please send questions or comments to communityrelations@bchousing.org