Much-needed social housing stock will be coming to the South of the Fraser.
Surrey City Council recently approved a proposal by BC Housing and RainCity Housing and Support Society to construct a six-storey transitional housing facility at 14150 Green Timbers Way — located immediately adjacent to Green Timbers Park and the RCMP’s E-Division headquarters campus.
The project previously entailed a 30-bed emergency shelter for individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges and a 100-bed transitional housing facility for individuals who will eventually be moved to suitable, permanent housing.
However, the approved version of the project deviates from the earlier plans.
In an email to Daily Hive, a spokesperson for BC Housing said the project will now contain 96 supportive housing units with self-contained bathrooms and 27 transitional accommodation units that are “individual self-contained rooms, providing additional privacy.”
It was noted that the transitional accommodation units will not be group-style shelter beds.
“The project will still serve the same need as the shelter, but the transitional accommodation units are self-contained rooms. This accommodation type creates more stability for tenants as opposed to a group style shelter — facilitating BC housing’s vision to move people quickly from shelter to supportive housing,” said Laura Mathews with BC Housing.
“BC Housing prefers to create supportive housing which provides homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Shelter spaces are used to address an immediate need to get people off the streets and into a warm, dry, bed overnight.”
Residents will have access to communal laundry, dining, lounge, recreation spaces, and an outdoor amenity space. There will also be counselling, health services, food services with kitchen, activity rooms, workshop space, and examination rooms.
This project supplements other recent social housing measures in Surrey, specifically the 160 units of temporary modular housing that opened in Whalley earlier this year to house the city’s homeless population — specifically the former residents of the Whalley Strip tent city. These modular units are scattered on three sites in the area.
Over the longer term, BC Housing has plans to build permanent replacement social housing units to replace the modular structures.
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