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Victoria - Hillside Avenue Supportive Housing

Project Overview

BC Housing is planning to build 21 units of housing with supports for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit women, at the 800 block of Hillside Avenue in Victoria.

Rendering of proposed site - Hillside Avenue, Victoria
Status
In Proposal
Phase
Public Engagement
Date of Completion
March 2019
Location
Victoria

Process & Engagement

Neighbourhood open house 

A neighbourhood open house was held on Thursday, August 23, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Sandman Hotel Victoria. Representatives from BC Housing, the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, and the City of Victoria were on hand to present information and answer questions.

The poster boards from that meeting are available below:

About the Project

BC Housing, the City of Victoria, and community agencies recognize the need for stable housing options for First Nations, Metis and Inuit women in Victoria. In response, BC Housing is planning to use vacant land at the 800 block of Hillside Avenue, part of the Evergreen Terrace site, to build modular housing with supports. The housing will provide 21 homes for vulnerable Indigenous women experiencing or at risk of homeless, or precariously housed.

Women who apply to live at the housing will need to meet eligibility requirements around income, homelessness and required supports. Indigenous women over the age of 19 who have a history of homelessness and who need additional support services to maintain housing will be considered, with priority to Victoria residents.

The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) will work with BC Housing and local partners to ensure a thoughtful process for resident intake. ACEH responsibilities will include property management, operations management and tenant selection. Once residents move in, staff will be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support residents.

BC Housing will be applying for a development permit with a variance from the City of Victoria – with the goal of starting construction in fall 2018.