BC Housing has opened 53 units of temporary supportive housing on Royal Crescent for people experiencing homelessness in Maple Ridge.
October 18, 2018
About the Project
Royal Crescent Temporary Supportive Modular Housing
The 53 units of temporary supportive housing at the Royal Crescent site opened October 18, 2018. It will be in place for up to three years. The specific length of time will depend on housing needs in the community and timelines for the development of a permanent supportive housing development elsewhere in Maple Ridge (so that tenants in the temporary units can be relocated). Long-term use for this site may include affordable housing for low-income families and seniors.
Non-profit housing provider, Coastal Mental Health (CMH), will have a 24/7 contact line and will lead a Community Advisory Committee. The committee is a forum for dealing with neighbourhood concerns and will meet on a regular basis. It will include members from the local community as well as representatives from the Municipality, Health Authority and BC Housing.
CMH will work with BC Housing, Fraser Health, and local service providers to ensure the needs of potential tenants are well matched to the types of support services provided. People will be assessed through a thorough and thoughtful process, which will help determine the support services they need to remain housed and live a more healthy, stable life while ensuring a healthy tenant mix within a building). All tenants will pay rent and the housing will be staffed 24/7.
Safety and security features will create a safe community both inside and outside the building. Features include privacy fencing, security cameras, optimized lighting, a fob system for tenants only, an entry way with staffed reception, and contained outdoor amenity space.
Read the Community Acceptance Series: Overview document to learn more about examples of supportive housing in other B.C. communities.
Other Housing Plans for Maple Ridge
- 94 units of affordable rental housing are currently in planning for 11907 228th Street. They will be operated by Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services.
- The proposal to build additional affordable rental homes on City-owned land at 21375 Lougheed Highway is currently on hold.
- The proposal to build 55 units of supportive housing and 30 shelter beds on Burnett Street, to replace the existing Salvation Army Ridge Meadows ministries shelter on Lougheed, was rejected by the City of Maple Ridge on May 22, 2018.
- BC Housing continues to work with the City of Maple Ridge to address housing needs for the community.
Process & Engagement
Update - May 22, 2018
On May 22, 2018, BC Housing was disappointed to learn that city council did not approve First Reading for the 80 new supportive housing units and shelter beds for Burnett Street, citing many reasons including the proposed location as an issue. Given the urgent need to find homes for people living at the Anita Place homeless camp, and with last year’s Metro Vancouver homeless count identifying 124 people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness in Ridge Meadows, BC Housing is aware of the need for additional supportive housing in the community.
Open House #2 - March 15, 2018
This meeting provided an opportunity for community members to learn about plans for proposed supportive housing, affordable rental housing and expanded mental-health and addictions support for people in Maple Ridge. They had the opportunity to view poster boards and a fact sheet , and speak with representatives from BC Housing, Fraser Health, the local intensive case management team, and the Salvation Army. A summary report of this meeting is available.
Open House #1 - January 29, 2018
Community members had the opportunity to view poster boards and a fact sheet , speak with representatives from BC Housing, Fraser Health, The Salvation Army, Alouette Addiction Services, and RainCity Housing. A summary report of this meeting is available.