Approximately 70 members of the public turned out at the Sechelt Legion on April 3 for an information meeting on a proposed supportive housing project to be built on provincially-owned land at Hightide Avenue and Lamprey Lane.
BC Housing has submitted an application for an official community plan and zoning bylaw amendment for the 40-unit Hightide project. The application is scheduled to go to Sechelt’s planning and community development committee on April 25.
The building will be operated by RainCity Housing, with 24-hour staffing. Each 344-square-foot unit will have a private bathroom and kitchen, though residents will share meal service, laundry facilities, and programming. The facility is intended as transitional housing for people who have been homeless or are at high risk of homelessness.
The information meeting consisted of poster boards, a presentation by BC Housing, and a Q&A with representatives of BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health, RainCity Housing, the Sunshine Coast Homelessness Advisory Committee, and the District of Sechelt.
Rajvir Rao, manager of public affairs, said that BC Housing was pleased at how the evening went.
“The majority of participants were supportive, with several good questions raised about design, eligibility process, parking, and tree preservation (related to the new road access requirement). Several individuals stood up to thank the partners and to speak about why the project was important to their community.”
BC Housing hopes that the facility, constructed from prefabricated modules, can be ready to open in spring 2019.