Residents at the VIMHS Q’waxsem Place supportive housing facility in Campbell River celebrated their first anniversary in the building last month. A 50 unit apartment supportive housing complex on Dogwood Street, Q’waxsem Place was opened officially in February, 2021. Just over a year later, 90 per cent of the people who were originally housed in the facility when it opened are still living there today.
“Our folks feel that Q’waxsem is home. People came from absolute homelessness. There’s one woman in our building who was homeless for the past 14 years in our community. She is so excited that she has a place to call home and often invites me to just see her room and the pride that she has in that space.” — Kristi Schwanicke, VIMHS Campbell River Housing and Program Manager