Burnett Street Supportive Housing in Maple Ridge


Providing safe and affordable housing with supports

In response to the urgent need for more supportive housing in Maple Ridge, BC Housing will be developing 51 units of supportive housing at 11749 Burnett Street for people living at the Anita Place camp and experiencing homelessness in the community.

Supportive housing is a self-contained home with supports provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. Supports include outreach workers, wellness checks, life skills training, employment assistance, and referral to community services and support groups. Residents are connected to counselling, as well as health, mental health, and addiction recovery


Providing safe and affordable housing with supports

In response to the urgent need for more supportive housing in Maple Ridge, BC Housing will be developing 51 units of supportive housing at 11749 Burnett Street for people living at the Anita Place camp and experiencing homelessness in the community.

Supportive housing is a self-contained home with supports provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. Supports include outreach workers, wellness checks, life skills training, employment assistance, and referral to community services and support groups. Residents are connected to counselling, as well as health, mental health, and addiction recovery services.Rendering of what Burnett Street will look like

One of the key factors in making supportive housing a success is proximity to amenities and services as well as accessibility to transit. People experiencing homelessness are already a part of our community; we want to help them find safe and stable housing in the community.

Coast Mental Health

Coast Mental Health will be the building operator, providing 24-hour support to residents. Applicants will go through a thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports.

BC Housing and Coast Mental Health will lead the resident selection process, in collaboration with local service providers.

Fraser Health

Coast Mental Health will also work collaboratively with Fraser Health to ensure residents have access to the care they need both at the Burnett site and through community-based care services that encourage connections with local general physicians, residential treatment programs, drug and alcohol counselling, as well as referrals and assessments for other allied health services.

Province-wide response to homelessness

In October 2018, BC Housing opened 53 units of temporary supportive housing at the Royal Crescent site 22534, 22548 and 24556 Royal Crescent.

The Table below a list of total homeless units per capita as of April 1, 2019. It is important to remember, however, that housing for those experiencing homelessness is not allocated on a per-capita basis, but rather is built in response to need. The provincial government is responding based on the need in communities around the province, whether that is building 24 units in Smithers, or more than 700 in Vancouver.


Significant Investments in new supportive housing by the Province

The Province is making significant investments in providing supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in communities throughout B.C., including through the Supportive Housing Fund and the Rapid Response to Homelessness program. The following link includes the number of supportive housing projects and units in communities that are built or underway through investments by the current government: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019MAH0048-000449

Modular Supportive Housing Outcomes

In September 2018, BC Housing conducted a staff survey and tenant survey at Reiderman Residence in the Vancover community of Marpole. Across a range of indicators, the quality of life has improved for many Reiderman residents.

Overall Well-being:

The majority of survey respondents (88%) reported improvements in their overall well-being.

Employment, Income, and Education:

Staff reported that seven residents in the building had found employment. In addition, several residents had begun accessing educational opportunities through Vancouver Community College and WorkBC.

In the resident survey, 33% of respondents reported better access to employment opportunities since their move, while 40% reported better access to education.

Satisfaction with Housing and Supports:

Outcome: Improved Health for Residents

“Seeing people stabilize. (…) Just seeing some tenants in clean clothes, taking care of themselves a bit more. Getting connected with doctors, pharmacies and ensuring their needs are met.” -Reiderman staff member

Staff reported that improved health has been a positive outcome for many residents at Reiderman. Residents have access to healthy food through a grocery program and a daily breakfast provided by the Community Builders Association. For many, being able to sleep somewhere quiet in a comfortable bed has led to improvements. One staff member noted that personal hygiene has improved for many residents, as they now have their own showers and easy access to laundry facilities.

Outcome: Community Connections

Reiderman staff indicated that the relationship with the wider community has improved over time, and they now have some neighbours dropping off donations, including Kitchen on a Mission, a student-led non-profit, that drops off fresh bread on a regular basis.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of survey respondents strongly agreed that they have experienced positive interactions with the surrounding community,

What's Next?

Join us for one of eight small group discussions during May. These sessions will be a facilitated discussion and our partners at Fraser Health and Coast Mental Health will be taking part to answer your questions. Please click here to register.