Peterson Place Supportive Housing

In response to an urgent need for more affordable housing for people experiencing and at risk of homelessness in Nanaimo, BC Housing is developing supportive housing at two sites in the community. The objective is to have this housing available by late November 2018.

This temporary housing will provide a home for people, as well as full-time staffing to support residents through access to meals on site, connection to medical services, and life skills programming. The goal is to help people achieve and maintain housing stability.

2020 Labieux Road and 250 Terminal Avenue N.

BC Housing has leased land from the City of Nanaimo at 2020 Labieux Road to install approximately 90 units of interim supportive housing, which will be operated by Pacifica Housing Advisory Association(External link).

We have also purchased a property at 250 Terminal Avenue N and will install approximately 80 units of interim supportive housing. Newcastle Place will be operated by Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS)(External link).

Non-profit operator responsibilities for both properties includes property management, community liaison, and resident selection. Once residents move in, staff will be on-site around the clock seven days a week to provide support.

People who will be housed at these developments will be from Nanaimo or the surrounding area, be over the age of 19 and meet eligibility requirements regarding income, homelessness, and required supports and programming.

The 2018 Point in Time Homeless Count found 335 homeless individuals living in Nanaimo.


BC Housing has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Surrey to move forward on building new homes for approximately 38 people experiencing homelessness in the region.

This is the first permanent site to be selected in Surrey as part of the commitment by the Province to deliver 250 supportive modular homes, in partnership with the city.

Located on BC Housing-owned land at 13245 King George Blvd., the project would provide housing with 24/7 support services, including access to Fraser Health clinical treatment, counselling, life skills and employment programming, as well as daily meals. The housing would be available


BC Housing has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Surrey to move forward on building new homes for approximately 38 people experiencing homelessness in the region.

This is the first permanent site to be selected in Surrey as part of the commitment by the Province to deliver 250 supportive modular homes, in partnership with the city.

Located on BC Housing-owned land at 13245 King George Blvd., the project would provide housing with 24/7 support services, including access to Fraser Health clinical treatment, counselling, life skills and employment programming, as well as daily meals. The housing would be available to people in the surrounding area who experiencing homelessness, and those currently living in the temporary supportive housing units in central Surrey.


Providing safe and affordable housing with supports

This housing is an opportunity for people to leave the streets and shelter system for safe and stable housing, towards improved quality of life.

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, connection and referral to community services and support groups. Residents have access to counselling, as well as health, mental health, and addiction recovery services.

Priority would be given to Surrey residents who meet the eligibility criteria. BC Housing and Fraserside Community Services Society would lead the resident selection process, in collaboration with local service providers. All new residents would pay rent and sign a program agreement and good neighbour agreement.


Fraserside Community Services Society

These new homes are in addition to the 57 supportive units that are currently operational at the site. All units would be operated by Fraserside, which is an experienced non-profit housing operator, and has successfully managed the existing units for more than 10 years.


Public Information Meeting

BC Housing will hold a public information meeting on March 19, 2019, to provide more information about the project and collect community feedback, which will inform the direction of the proposed project.

If the project is approved, construction is estimated to start in summer 2019, with the goal of occupancy for early 2020.


Community Advisory Group

A community advisory committee would be developed to support the successful integration of the new building and residents into the community, with representation from BC Housing, City of Surrey, Fraser Health, RCMP, local businesses, community organizations and community members.

BC Housing and the City of Surrey are working to find other sites in areas throughout the city to create additional permanent supportive homes. The remaining sites will be announced in the coming months as project proposals are finalized.



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  • Are the existing tenants required to participate in programs as a requirement to keep their housing? If a tenant is working on their health issues, connection with family, accessing casual employment, while acting appropriately as a good tenant, do they need to add a program to their agenda as well?

    Anita asked 3 months ago

    All services at Peterson Place are voluntary. We’re focused on meeting residents where they are at and supporting them in attaining their goals. The new modular housing project would continue to follow the philosophy of Housing First

  • This is wonderful but what about the seniors on a fixed old age income? I must move for May 1 and have not been able to find accommodations that I can afford.($1600.mo for a one bedroom basement suite) Senior housing is NEEDED. New independant living housing is too costly ($3100. per month for studio) so where can I live? I have excellent references and am a community volunteer in South Surrey.

    Collene Ford asked 4 months ago

    We agree that more affordable housing is needed throughout the community. BC Housing and the City of Surrey continue to work on opportunities to build more affordable rental housing. For example, there will be 87 new homes developed for families, seniors and people with disabilities in partnership with the Semiahmoo Housing Society, Peninsula Housing Society, the Semiahmoo Foundation.

    Lower income seniors renting in the private market may be eligible for a rent supplement through the Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters program. There are listings of affordable rental housing available in your area. You can also use the online Program Finder or call the BC Housing Applicant Services line at 1-800-257-7756 to see what housing or assistance you may be eligible for through BC Housing.


  • Hi there, Are there more details about what construction/development company will be building these homes? Thanks, Jennifer

    Jennifer asked 4 months ago

    BC Housing is working with Western Canadian design-build firm, Nomodic. Further information on Nomodic and some of the modular projects they have constructed can be found here: https://www.nomodic.com/