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New supportive homes for people in need in Prince Rupert…

PRINCE RUPERT, BC: Doors and opportunities are now open for people experiencing homelessness who will find a warm, safe home at Crows Nest Lodge, a supportive modular project with around-the-clock staffing.

“Homelessness is an acute issue in our province. These new homes will provide relief to people in Prince Rupert living without shelter, and to families with loved ones in need of support,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “These homes and services will help people regroup and recover, and give them an opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness.”

Located at 1450 Park Ave., Crows Nest Lodge features 36 self-contained units, each with a bathroom and kitchenette. Two of the homes are designed for people with disabilities.
“The city is happy to partner and support this new provincially funded facility with wraparound services,” said Lee Brain, mayor, City of Prince Rupert. “Opportunities for people to access meals, training and other programs from one location is going to provide much-needed support for our community’s most vulnerable residents. I want to thank the Province, BC Housing, our MLA and the North Coast Transition Society for working collaboratively together in order to get this project done so quickly.”

The North Coast Transition Society will operate the building and provide residents with 24/7 on-site staff and support services, including meal programs, life and employment skills training, health and wellness support services, and opportunities for volunteer work.

B.C.-based manufacturer Horizon North was selected by the Province to manufacture the homes in Prince Rupert, and for several other modular projects in B.C., supporting jobs and local economies.

This project brings the number of completed modular supportive homes built throughout the province to close to 1,000. More than 1,000 more are underway as part of the Building BC: Rapid Response to Homelessness program, which is bringing more than 2,000 modular supportive homes to 22 communities.

Residents will begin moving in to the building at the end of March 2019.

Written and released by BC Government.

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