BC Housing, the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS) and the City of Campbell River are partnering on a project to build 50 new homes with support services for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. BC Housing will lease a portion of the City-owned land at 580 Dogwood Street and VIMHS will manage the property and provide coordinated support services.
Given the immediate need for supportive housing, this project will be built with modular construction. This type of construction enables crews to prepare the site and pour the foundation at the same time the modulars are being constructed off-site in a factory. The design of this apartment style supportive housing project was influenced and informed by the Campbell River Urban Indigenous Housing Group. Construction is expected to start by early Fall 2020.
The development will house people in the recently announced temporary bridge to housing at the Rose Bowl Restaurant that will be opening this summer. VIMHS will operate both the bridge to housing and the new supportive housing building, so strong relationships will already have been established with residents by the time they are transferred over to the new supportive housing building.
Society staff will be onsite 24/7 and will be providing support services such as daily living skills training, budgeting, nutrition management, meal preparation, medication management, house cleaning and other skills.