205 Kingsway supportive housing update from City. Meeting registration open until August 22nd

The City of Vancouver sent out a notice regarding the property at 205 Kingsway that was purchased earlier this year for supportive housing. Interested residents have until August 22nd to register to attend information meetings that will take place during the week that starts on August 30th. For reference, the text of the notice from the City is reproduced below:

Dear Neighbour,

We are writing to provide an update regarding the property at 205 Kingsway which the City purchased earlier this year to provide safe, warm homes for 68 people who have been, or are at risk of, experiencing homelessness.

Since April, the property has been undergoing renovations to prepare the new homes. As we shared previously, Coast Mental Health (Coast), a well-established non-profit housing provider, will be supporting the building’s residents and managing the building. You can find more information about Coast and their work at 205 Kingsway below.

Currently, we anticipate residents will begin moving into their new homes in September 2021.  We will continue to keep you updated as the final stages of renovation on the property progress.

Since the initial community notification, we have been responding to feedback and questions from residents. We are committed to working with neighbours to support the success of this building. We are available to meet the week of August 30th to discuss the new homes and answer any questions. If you would like to set up a meeting, please email homelessness@vancouver.ca by August 22, and we will arrange a time for a video call.

When the building is ready for new residents to move in, we will also be establishing a Community Advisory Committee. The Committee offers the opportunity to work together to facilitate information sharing and dialogue and to build and maintain positive relationships among the community, the building operators and the program partners. We will share information about how to apply to the Committee in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can find more information at https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/rapid-response.aspx and we welcome any questions you may have at homelessness@vancouver.ca.

About Coast Mental Health and 205 Kingsway

As an experienced non-profit housing and service provider, Coast has been working to support people in the Vancouver community for almost 50 years. They have a nearby office and membership-run clubhouse in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Coast Mental Health also offers a continuum of services that includes housing, homeless outreach, and employment and education programs. More information about Coast Mental Health can be found on their website: www.coastmentalhealth.com.

In their role as operator, Coast will support the well-being of tenants, with the goal of helping them connect to services, including case management and healthcare. As part of Coast Mental Health’s rehabilitation and recovery model, they also provide tenants daily supports, such as medication administration, recovery planning, life skills training, education and employment services.

Tenants of 205 Kingsway will be required to pay rent for their own private rooms, which includes a meal program and access to laundry facilities. Those who identify as Indigenous will be prioritized for the new homes as they continue to be vastly overrepresented in Vancouver’s homeless population due to racism and discrimination.

Sincerely,

Andrea Jung

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Homelessness Services | Arts, Culture & Community Services
City of Vancouver
homelessness@vancouver.ca

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