The follow article comes from a recent Burnaby Now article regarding the supportive housing to be built off of Norland Ave in Burnaby. The proposed public hearing on the supportive housing for vulnerable peoples in Burnaby will take place at City Hall, August 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM.
Please share this article forward to those who would be interested in participating or learning more about these 52 supportive housing units that are proposed to be built in Burnaby by next March.
Burnaby residents support homeless housing project as it heads to hearing
“The City of Burnaby will host a public hearing for a proposed supportive housing complex for individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
If the limited number of responses at recent open houses are a reliable harbinger, speakers at the Aug. 28 hearing will be overwhelmingly in favour of the proposal.
At a series of open houses hosted by BC Housing at the Bill Copeland Community Centre last month, 31 people left comments about the project described in a series of display boards and by representatives from the organizations involved. Of those, 25 supported it, two opposed it and two contained questions or did not express an opinion either way.
According to a City of Burnaby report, the three most common comments made were “Burnaby needs this type of housing,” “important services are provided” and “vulnerable people need help.”
The report also addresses four of the most common areas of concern for those who submitted questions:
wSecurity: Both main operators, “BC Housing and the Progressive Housing Society (PHS) advise that many measures will be put in place to address safety and security concerns.” Those measures would include 24-7 staffing, security features (“such as lighting, fencing and secured access”) and a requirement that tenants sign an agreement addressing “appropriate and respectful behaviour.”
wTenant selection: BC Housing, PHS and Fraser Health would lead the process to find the Burnaby residents best suited for the facility and its programs. They would have to be locals who “who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and are committed to pursuing a healthy and stable lifestyle.”
wManagement: All on-site services would be run by PHS, a local non-profit that supports some of the city’s most vulnerable people.
wServices: “Support services include life skills training, employment assistance, help with accessing a range of social and health care services, meals service, amenity spaces, and residence management.”
The Aug. 28 hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Burnaby city hall.”
Kelvin Gawley @ Burnaby Now (July 29)