To help meet the urgent need for more supportive housing in Maple Ridge, 51 new temporary supportive homes have been completed at 11749 Burnett Street for people experiencing homelessness in the community.
About the Project
View the Information Sheet for Burnett Street Supportive Housing
Due to the urgent need for supportive housing in Maple Ridge, BC Housing developed 51 new homes with supports at 11749 Burnett Street for people living at the Anita Place camp and experiencing homelessness in the community. Coast Mental Health is the building operator, providing 24-hour support to residents.
Supportive housing is a self-contained home with supports provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. Supports include outreach workers, wellness checks, life skills training, employment assistance, and referral to community services and support groups. Residents are connected to counselling, as well as health, mental health, and addiction recovery services.
Applicants go through a thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports. BC Housing and Coast Mental Health lead the resident selection process in collaboration with local service providers. All new residents pay rent. A community advisory committee supports the successful integration of the new building and residents into the community, with representation from BC Housing, Fraser Health, local businesses, community organizations and community members.
One of the key factors in making supportive housing a success is proximity to amenities and services as well as accessibility to transit. People experiencing homelessness are already a part of our community; we want to help them find safe and stable housing in the community.
Process & Engagement
Small Group Discussions
BC Housing invited residents to participate in small group discussions to learn more about the temporary supportive housing planned at 11749 Burnett Street. These sessions included a facilitated discussion with partners at Fraser Health and Coast Mental Health. Eight sessions were held from May 11 to 25, 2019.
Online Live Q&A Session
An online information session was held on Monday, April 15 from 7:00–8:30 pm with representatives from Fraser Health, Coast Mental Health and BC Housing answering questions on temporary supportive housing plans for 11749 Burnett Street. Visit www.letstalkhousingbc.ca/Burnett-Street to view a recorded video of the Live Q&A session.
Myths vs. Facts
|1. The Province and BC Housing have refused to meet with the City of Maple Ridge||Since 2017, the Province has held three public information sessions to discuss supportive housing options and has met with the City of Maple Ridge on multiple occasions, most recently on February 25, 2019. BC Housing staff meet regularly with City staff, as well as community stakeholders.|
|2. The Province’s plan is to ‘warehouse’ people without providing health services||The Province, in partnership with Fraser Health and Coast Mental Health, will provide a range of inpatient and outpatient supports, including mental health supports, overdose prevention, counselling and nurse practitioner primary care.|
|3. There isn’t a need for supportive housing in Maple Ridge||Local shelters are full. Approximately 100 people use the two active shelters in Maple Ridge on a nightly basis, including 35-40 former residents of the tent city at the emergency shelter, which opened up during the February evacuation of the site.|
|4. The Burnett Street project is shelter||Burnett Street will be supportive housing where people have their own room, a dedicated address, and 24/7 supports.|
|5. The Burnett project will bring crime and increased visible drug use to the neighbourhood||BC Housing conducted a case study on five existing supportive housing buildings in B.C. and found that service calls to police from each of neighbourhood began to decrease after the six-month mark from opening. Most housing operators report that when homeless people are able to move into a home, they no longer use substances in public areas. It is also important to remember that not all the people who are homeless are actively using drugs|
|6. Homeless people are migrating to Maple Ridge||The latest homeless count indicated majority of the people who are homeless in Maple Ridge are from Maple Ridge. Also, those currently residing at Royal Crescent are all from Maple Ridge.|
|7. BC Housing only wants to help the homeless and doesn’t care about seniors, families, the working poor etc.||Those at-risk of homelessness are just one group of people that BC Housing serves in Maple Ridge. Additionally:
|8. People who are homeless don’t want to be helped||There are approximately 100 people already staying at Maple Ridge shelters on a nightly basis. The fact that these people are seeking shelter and many have reached out to staff for additional support services means that they want to be offered more housing options.|
View the expanded version of: Eight Myths about Homelessness in Maple Ridge and the Burnett Street Development (pdf)
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