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Sechelt Shelter Relocation

Project Overview

There is an urgent need for a new shelter location in Sechelt. The lease on the existing St.Hilda’s shelter has now expired. BC Housing has submitted a request to lease land from the District of Sechelt to place a temporary modular shelter. In the meantime, BC Housing has applied for a bylaw amendment from the District of Sechelt to use the Upper Deck Hostel for residential shelter space with related accessory support services.

Illustration of the District of Sechelt

Status
Application for bylaw amendment
Phase
Public input
Date of Completion
TBD
Location
Sechelt

About the Project

St.Hilda’s Church asked BC Housing to consider another location for the existing shelter, since the current agreement has expired.

As community need has grown, the area has outgrown the existing shelter, which is often over capacity with mats on the floor. Often the shelter is unable to provide a designated areas for couples or women who are fleeing violence. A suitable shelter for Sechelt requires connection to services (sewer, power, etc.), proximity to amenities and transit, and connection to community services.

Numerous locations were considered before BC Housing determined that the site at Ebbtide Street and Trail Avenue is the best choice. The other sites were unsuitable due to lack of underground services, distance to amenities and services, lack of road access, environmental remediation required, being outbid on one site, and the lack of interest in owners selling potentially suitable sites.

The land at Ebbtide Street and Trail Avenue is owned by the District of Sechelt. BC Housing has submitted an application to lease the land for a temporary use of three years.

There are a variety of services proposed for this site including 24/7 staffing and support services, meals provided, hot showers, laundry, social connection, accessibility for a diverse group, connection to local community services, peer and low-barrier employment opportunities, referral to healthcare and mental health services, trauma-informed support and care, and outreach worker assistance. Visit the RainCity Housing website to learn more.

View the poster boards* and meeting summary report from the October 3 public information meeting.

The lease on the existing St.Hilda’s shelter has now expired. BC Housing has submitted a request to lease land from the District of Sechelt to place a temporary modular shelter. In the meantime, BC Housing has applied for a bylaw amendment from the District of Sechelt, to use the Upper Deck Hostel for residential shelter space with related accessory support services. We invite the community to attend a public information meeting on December 4 from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Legion Hall at 5591 Wharf Avenue to hear about this new proposal, ask questions and provide comments.

*Please note that the concepts within the poster boards are subject to change based on input received at the public information meetings.

Process & Engagement

The first step for this project – public engagement – included two public information meetings. The first was on August 16, 2017, where the community had the opportunity to view poster boards, speak with representatives from RainCity Housing, BC Housing, and Vancouver Coastal Health, and submit comment forms. View the  summary report which inlcludes input received up to and including August 31, 2017. 
 
The second meeting was on October 3, 2017, and included had an open house for viewing updated poster boards* ; a facilitated dialogue with a panel of members from BC Housing, RainCity Housing, St.Hilda’s Church, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Sunshine Coast Homelessness Task Force; and comment forms to submit.  If you were unable to attend these meetings, please feel free to send any comments to communityrelations@bchousing.org.

As of October 17, 2017, BC Housing submitted an application for a three year lease from the District of Sechelt, for the district-owned lot located at the northeast corner of Ebbtide Street and Trail Avenue for the location of a temporary shelter. Upon favourable outcome from the municipality, BC Housing will submit an application for an Official Community Plan amendment and a temporary use permit. 
 
The lease on the existing St.Hilda’s shelter has now expired. BC Housing has submitted a request to lease land from the District of Sechelt to place a temporary modular shelter. In the meantime, BC Housing has applied for a bylaw amendment from the District of Sechelt, to use the Upper Deck Hostel for residential shelter space with related accessory support services. We invite the community to attend a public information meeting on December 4 from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Legion Hall at 5591 Wharf Avenue to hear about this new proposal, ask questions and provide comments.
 
*Please note that the concepts within the poster boards are subject to change based on input received at the public information meetings.

Contact Information

For more information about the proposed relocation of the shelter in Sechelt, please email communityrelations@bchousing.org