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Sechelt Shelter Relocation

Project Overview

BC Housing and RainCity Housing are proposing to temporarily relocate the existing St. Hilda’s shelter to District of Sechelt-owned land on the northeast corner of the intersection of Ebbtide Street and Trail Avenue. The proposed shelter will provide enhanced services and is part of a plan to provide additional options in Sechelt for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Please join us at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, October 3 (SIB Hall, 5532 Xenichen Ave, Sechelt) for a presentation and Q+A session with a panel from BC Housing, RainCity Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health and St.Hilda’s Church.

Status
In proposal
Phase
Public engagement
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 expires on November 1, 2017. As community need has grown, it has outgrown the existing shelter, which is often over capacity with mats on the floor, without the ability to provide 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, and BC Housing will be seeking 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* from the August 16 public information meeting.
 
*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 – started with the public information meeting on August 16, 2017. 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. If you were unable to attend this meeting, please feel free to send any comments to communityrelations@bchousing.org.
 
Thank you to everyone who has submitted input to date. A summary report has been created to provide an overview of the input received up to and including August 31, 2017.
 
Please join us at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, October 3 (SIB Hall, 5532 Xenichen Ave, Sechelt) for a presentation and Q+A session with a panel from BC Housing, RainCity Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health and St.Hilda’s Church.
 
BC Housing will submit a request for a land lease from the District of Sechelt, and will apply for a temporary use permit -after the next public information meeting. Please note that no municipal process has started for this project yet. 
 
*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