On January 12th, City of Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner along with BC Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, announced BC government plans to build three temporary modular-housing projects in Surrey this spring, for a total of 160 living units. The homes will be operated by Lookout Housing and Health Society.
“Today’s announcement addresses all aspects of our comprehensive Rapid Response Housing Plan for Surrey,” said Linda Hepner, mayor of Surrey. “The approximately 160 transitional units coming on-line provide important housing solutions and begin to address the urgent need for housing and supports for street entrenched homeless.”
To assist people with severe substance disorders who are homeless in the community, Fraser Health, in partnership with Lookout Housing and Health Society and BC Housing, will operate an Intensive Case Management (ICM) team out of one of the modular housing sites.
The Province is allocating approximately $13 million in capital funding and more than $1 million in operating funding for the short-term housing that will be located at three sites, including 10662 King George Blvd. and 13550-105 Ave. The third site will be confirmed at a later date.
From Shayne Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Lookout Society:
“We are excited to operate this new transitional accommodation and provide support to some of the most vulnerable individuals in Surrey,” said Shayne Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Lookout Housing and Health Society. “This minimal barrier accommodation has been so badly needed to help individuals stabilize and get connected to services they need. We thank the Province, the City of Surrey, and Fraser Health for their leadership in making this new transitional accommodation possible.”
For the official BC Housing press release, please click here.