Thursday February 10, 2011
BC Gov't News
Homeless Health Has A Home
BC Government announces purchase of motel for Contact Centre
The Days Inn at 8583 Young Rd. S at Hocking is the site of the new Health Contact Centre for homeless.
he provincial government will contribute approx. $3 million to help create a housing
and health centre to address homelessness in Chilliwack, Chilliwack MLA John Les and Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner announced today.
“This local resource will offer services and support to homeless people here in Chilliwack,” said Les. “This shelter will make a real difference in people’s lives and improve our community.
The B.C. government has signed a Contract of Purchase and Sale with the owner of the Day’s Inn at 8583 Young Rd. The subject condition removal date for the property sale is expected to be March 31, 2011, with a closing date of May 3, 2011.
“Our $3-million provincial contribution will cover the property purchase and renovations to the existing building,” said Penner. “Now that a property has been found, we can move on to the next steps of getting these housing and health care services in place for people in need.”
In anticipation of the sale completion, the Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is putting forward a rezoning application to the City of Chilliwack, and would be one of the agencies providing services at the centre.
Established in 1984, PCRS provides special education, employment, addiction counselling, prevention services, housing and cultural enrichment services for children, youth, adults and families, and delivers more than 40 programs serving thousands of individuals from Vancouver to Chilliwack.
“The property purchase and funding from the provincial government reflects a substantial commitment that allows us to develop the centre,” said Ian Mass, PRCS executive director. “We plan to have a wide range of support and services, in combination with some temporary housing, so people in Chilliwack who are homeless can begin to take the first steps to regain their independence.”
In 2010-11, the B.C. Government will invest over $562 million to provide affordable housing and fight homelessness – more than four times as much as in 2001.
‘Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness’ is a website providing a comprehensive and detailed look at provincial programs and services to address homelessness. Visit www.bchousing.org/breakingthecycle for more information.
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