Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has said that “like many communities in the province, the City of Chilliwack is working with our government to address a housing crisis that is negatively impacting people in the community. “These homes offer the relief people need in order to stabilize, address health issues and regain self-sufficiency.”
RainCity Housing has been selected to operate the 46-unit building and provide 24/7 support to tenants. Residents will have their own private units and will be offered services, including life and employment skills training, health and wellness support services, meal programs and opportunities for volunteer work.
Fraser Health will provide additional support to tenants at the Trethewey Avenue modular housing site through the services of the Chilliwack Intensive Case Management (ICM) team. The team will be located at, and will also support, the previously announced 45944 Yale Rd. modular housing site. Team members include medical clinicians, Indigenous cultural liaisons, nurses, peer service specialists and community-support workers.
They will assist tenants facing complex challenges related to health, substance use, mental health, poverty and education by providing comprehensive assessments, individualized community-based supports and connections to other services.
The site requires a rezoning process. BC Housing and project partners will host a public open house on Sept. 11, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Chilliwack Alliance Church, 8700 Young Rd.
If approved, construction is expected to begin in fall 2018, and tenants would be able to move in by spring 2019.
This would be the second modular housing project in Chilliwack and marks the final Rapid Response to Homelessness site in B.C. The Province launched the Building BC: Rapid Response program in fall 2017 with a commitment to build 2,000 homes for people and communities in need.
In less than a year, the total number of modular homes being delivered through this program is 2,064 in 22 communities.
Building on the success of this program and significant interest from B.C. communities, the Province has just launched the Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund, part of Budget 2018, to deliver an additional 2,500 new homes with 24/7 support services.