New modular housing for homeless women in New Westminster will help those who need it transition toward permanent housing, thanks to a partnership between the province and the city, the BC government said on Tuesday.
“Our government recognizes the needs of women living without shelter or supports… and we’re taking action to build the homes they need,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I believe these homes in New Westminster can be the catalyst for change… and I want to thank the City of New Westminster for working with us.”
The Province has allocated approximately $6.5 million to build 41 new homes, located in the city’s Queensborough neighbourhood, not far from Ryall Park, at 838 Ewen Avenue.
BC Housing will select an experienced non-profit partner to operate the housing and oversee property management, operations management, and tenant selection.
“It’s vitally important that we invest the time and effort to help the women in our communities who are living on the streets at great risk to their personal safety,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.
The modular homes will be self-contained and include a private bathroom and kitchen. The building will also include a shared amenity space. Tenants will be provided with 24/7 support services, which includes meal programs, life-skills training, and health and wellness support to help them overcome challenges to maintaining their housing.
“This project demonstrates the city’s commitment to being a leader and an active partner in seeking solutions for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness,” said New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté.
Open houses planned
The first open house will be held in the coming weeks, providing an opportunity for the community to learn more about the project and provide feedback that will inform project decisions.
The City of New Westminster has initiated a process to review the land-use requirements for the proposed project, which is subject to development approvals.