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British Columbia, Jul 07 (Canadian-Media): The Province of British Columbia (BC), through BC Housing, and supported by BC housing fund has bought the former Rose Bowl Restaurant in Campbell River for $985,000 and plans to convert it into bridge housing for locals experiencing homelessness, media reports said.
Homelessness. Image credit: Unsplash
“We know our community is safer and healthier when everyone has a place to call home, with supports and services to help them succeed, and we are working closely with the city to build new permanent supportive housing as fast as possible,” said Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island in a news release.
Besides this project, the Province is working in partnership to deliver close to 120 new affordable homes for people in Campbell River
Renovations to the building would create space for 20 beds. The residents would be provided with a bed, showers and meals, as well as many of the support services found in permanent supportive housing.
Day-to-day management of the facility would be overseen by the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society on site 24/7 and will provide outreach services to guests, as well as connection and referral to health services.
Expected to open in August 2020 the project will be operational until a new permanent supportive housing project is in place.
Potential supportive housing locations are being explored in BC Housing in collaboration with City of Campbell River and will provide more information to the public once a plan for permanent supportive housing has been developed.
“We are pleased to partner with the Province and BC Housing to operate this bridge housing for the homeless in Campbell River,” said Taryn O’Flanagan, CEO, Vancouver Island Mental Health Society in a news release. “Having a place to stay is an important step in maintaining the well-being of vulnerable people in this community.”
Delivering affordable housing is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.