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We recognize the urgent need for housing in Maple Ridge. Having a safe, warm place to stay is an important first step to help people get back on their feet and make positive changes in their lives. The temporary 53 units opening at Royal Crescent will provide much-needed homes with support services required to help people stabilize.
Residents will have their own private units and will have access to life and employment skills training, health and wellness support services, meal programs and opportunities for volunteer work. Fraser Health’s Intensive Case Management (ICM) team 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.
Transitioning individuals from the homeless camp, Salvation Army shelter and within the community is truly a team effort. The move is expected to take place over five days and outreach workers, BC Housing, Coast Mental Health and Fraser Health staff will work with individuals and help them transition into their new homes.
The operator of the facility is Coast Mental Health, a non-profit society that has been operating in the region since 1972.. Coast Mental Health operates the Alouette Heights transitional housing facility in Maple Ridge.
We recognize the demand for housing exceeds the supply, so we are providing outreach workers with 40 additional rent supplements and funding a new shelter that will provide 20 new spaces every night over the winter months. BC Housing and partner agencies will be assisting in the transition and offering housing and shelter spaces to those living at the homeless camp who are willing to move and to others who are experiencing homelessness in Maple Ridge.
We continue to focus on working with the City of Maple Ridge on expediting the development and construction of permanent supportive housing units in the community.
We have seen numerous supportive housing projects open successfully across the province, bringing benefits to both the community and the residents and we hope to see that success continue in Maple Ridge.