Abbotsford – 2509 Pauline Street

A dark brick hotel with a sign that reads "Red Lion Hotel."

Image courtesy of Google Maps.

The province, through BC Housing, has purchased the 30-room Red Lion Inn and Suites located at 2509 Pauline Street and adjoining surface parking lots, as part of a long-term plan to provide safe, shelter and supportive housing to those at risk or experiencing homelessness in Abbotsford.

Short-term, this will operate as an emergency response centre with the goal of being rezoned to become a combined shelter and supportive housing building. Residents moving into the Red Lion Inn have been living at the Bakerview Church Emergency Response Centre. This lease expires at the end of June and is currently managed by Lookout Housing and Health Society who will continue to operate the new emergency response centre at the Red Lion Inn.

The Red Lion Inn and Suites purchase is part of a long-term plan to address homelessness in the City of Abbotsford. The city and BC Housing continue to work together and with community partners to make sure community needs are being met.

Lookout Society staff will be on-site 24/7 to make sure residents maintain housing and have access to important supports such as:

  • showers,
  • wellness checks,
  • referrals to health services.

BC Housing will apply to rezone the property into a combined shelter and supportive housing building. An application will be submitted to the city and follow the municipal rezoning process.

Operator

Lookout Housing and Health Society has over 50 years of experience providing shelter and support services to those at risk or experiencing homelessness, and individuals coping with a wide variety of challenges including poverty, mental illness, and substance use.

Community Engagement

BC Housing is committed to an ongoing community dialogue and invites the community to learn more about the project, and address questions that neighbours may have about the emergency response centre and future housing at this site. We will be engaging with the community throughout the rezoning process.

We welcome questions and comments below in the Q&A or by email to: communityrelations@bchousing.org

Image courtesy of Google Maps.

The province, through BC Housing, has purchased the 30-room Red Lion Inn and Suites located at 2509 Pauline Street and adjoining surface parking lots, as part of a long-term plan to provide safe, shelter and supportive housing to those at risk or experiencing homelessness in Abbotsford.

Short-term, this will operate as an emergency response centre with the goal of being rezoned to become a combined shelter and supportive housing building. Residents moving into the Red Lion Inn have been living at the Bakerview Church Emergency Response Centre. This lease expires at the end of June and is currently managed by Lookout Housing and Health Society who will continue to operate the new emergency response centre at the Red Lion Inn.

The Red Lion Inn and Suites purchase is part of a long-term plan to address homelessness in the City of Abbotsford. The city and BC Housing continue to work together and with community partners to make sure community needs are being met.

Lookout Society staff will be on-site 24/7 to make sure residents maintain housing and have access to important supports such as:

  • showers,
  • wellness checks,
  • referrals to health services.

BC Housing will apply to rezone the property into a combined shelter and supportive housing building. An application will be submitted to the city and follow the municipal rezoning process.

Operator

Lookout Housing and Health Society has over 50 years of experience providing shelter and support services to those at risk or experiencing homelessness, and individuals coping with a wide variety of challenges including poverty, mental illness, and substance use.

Community Engagement

BC Housing is committed to an ongoing community dialogue and invites the community to learn more about the project, and address questions that neighbours may have about the emergency response centre and future housing at this site. We will be engaging with the community throughout the rezoning process.

We welcome questions and comments below in the Q&A or by email to: communityrelations@bchousing.org

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  • I sure hope your going to close the liquor store that is on the above premises Pauline street Abbotsford before anyone moves in Doesn’t look very good when your trying to help people that may have a addiction to alcohol and there’s a liquor store below them

    Clarke asked 7 days ago

    The Liquor Store has a three-year lease with no option to renew. 

    Given the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, this three-year window will give the business time to find an alternative location.  

  • What is the city and the province going to do maintain a safe and low crime environment around the shelter for residential and commercial neighbours, given the impacts to the Clearbrook corridor that was seen with the temporary Bakerview project? What will they do to maintain investment, business, and redevelopment in the area? How do we ensure that funding that has already gone into the surrounding areas doesn’t go into loss and disrepair/discontinued public use by target populations (Jubilee Park, for example)? How do we ensure that this project doesn’t detract from assets and investments, and most of all business? How will this function to minimize negative impacts on downtown small business, and ultimately, city and provincial profits from the movie industry that is attached to the downtown core remaining in tact?

    Bar asked 9 days ago

    BC Housing is committed to being good neighbours. All new supportive housing that we develop across the province provides a safe community both inside and outside the building. The most important safety feature, both for residents and the community, is staffing. The building would have staff onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that residents are supported and that any concerns are addressed in the timely manner.    

    We all want safe neighbourhoods. The safety of residents, staff and the surrounding community is a priority. This property will have safety measures in place that would include well-lit and fenced grounds, extensive camera monitoring and a controlled single point of entry. Just like any other residence, if there are concerns with specific individuals coming on property or loitering around the property, the operators will work with City bylaw and police around potential solutions.  If neighbours have concerns, they can contact the Lookout Society or BC Housing. 

    Going forward if the Red Lion is successfully rezoned to supportive housing BC Housing would set up a community advisory committee (CAC) that would oversee the supportive housing’s integration within the community and would address any concerns raised by people in the neighbourhood.  

    CACs are a key part of how we ensure that supportive housing buildings integrate well into their neighbourhoods, and our experience is that they have been highly effective at helping communities work together to address concerns and endure a positive connection with neighbours.  

    Regarding property values, research completed in 2019 of 13 B.C. supportive housing sites showed that property values immediately surrounding 10 sites either kept pace or surpassed surrounding municipal trends. Property values for the other three sites were not notably different compared to municipal trends.