Campbell River - 580 Dogwood Supportive Housing

Illustrative rendering of supportive housing in Campbell River

This drawing is an approximation of what we intend to construct on the site and is subject to change.

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.

Community Engagement

BC Housing hosted virtual information sessions on Thursday, August 27th to provide more information about the proposal, answer questions and collect community feedback. Please view the video recording below. The presentation is also available in the Documents section.

You can also use the Q&A tool below to submit questions. We welcome your feedback and it will be shared with the project team and partners to inform project planning.

This drawing is an approximation of what we intend to construct on the site and is subject to change.

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.

Community Engagement

BC Housing hosted virtual information sessions on Thursday, August 27th to provide more information about the proposal, answer questions and collect community feedback. Please view the video recording below. The presentation is also available in the Documents section.

You can also use the Q&A tool below to submit questions. We welcome your feedback and it will be shared with the project team and partners to inform project planning.

Thank you for your interest in this project. Answers will be posted the week of Monday, October 26, 2020. 


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  • what is the expected date for time on opening. I am not able to say get an apartment for prizing that is out there as I only have so much old age pension to live on what is the expected rental for a 2 bedroom unit.

    cecil asked about 2 months ago

    The supportive housing will be studio units, for individuals experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, that require supports to maintain housing stability. BC Housing has a range of programs to provide housing assistance for residents of BC. This includes various subsidized housing options as well as rent supplements in which part of an individual’s rent is paid for by BC Housing. You can view this site to search housing listings in a specific area: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-housing/housing-listings       

    The Program Finder can be used to learn which programs you may be eligible for: https://programfinder.bchousing.org/programfinder/faces/start             

    For more information about applying for housing or programs, you can contact Applicant Services at 1-800-257-7756 (toll-free).

  • do you guys take in pets

    alfred gould asked about 2 months ago

    There will be a pet policy in place at the building. Residents would register their pets and be expected to take care of them.

  • As you can understand we all have reservations as to the location. The area homeowners fear that their hard earned investment will falter and decrease at resale. You stated in several submissions that data showed an increase in investment. But I see you only used mainland examples. What local data did you used to justify this ? Your organization by what you have said will support and control on site drug use with individual action plans and support. The apprehension and concern we have is increase needle garbage ,offsite drug use and increase in B&E ,in the immediate area. Can you dispel this ?

    Dekamp asked about 2 months ago

    The Exploring Impacts of Non-Market Housing on Surrounding Property Values takes data from across the province, including several developments in Victoria: https://www.bchousing.org/research-centre/library/community-acceptance/property-values-case-study-series&sortType=sortByDate    

    BC Housing’s supportive housing buildings are operated based on the widely recognized and proven Housing First model. Residents at these sites, and all other supportive housing buildings that BC Housing is affiliated with, are permitted to make their own choices in regard to lifestyle. This includes the decision to abstain or use drugs/alcohol in the privacy of their homes. If they choose to use, the operators would work with each tenant ensure they use safely. 

    We take a harm reduction approach, which means staff is available to support any residents who are in various phases of substance use and the building would be set up with the ability to provide a safe consumption space for residents only, to ensure the safety of residents who are active substance users. 

    Drop in services at supportive housing sites are not provided, nor is there any reason why people would be loitering outside. Residents living in the housing will have access to a separate outdoor amenity space.

  • Why are you letting pets into a apartment, when these people can't house or feed themselves. Pets will do damage and need to be cleaned up after.

    steve asked about 2 months ago

    Supportive housing is a self-contained studio home with various support services provided on-site. Residents take care of their own units, and pay rent. People experience homelessness for different reasons, and they may have varying health and personal challenges and needs. There will be a pet policy in place, and residents would be expected to take care of them.

  • I don't see any gate or fence in the nice picture you are showing.

    steve asked about 2 months ago

    The drawing is an approximation of what we intend to construct on the site and is subject to change. The site has undergone a development permit review process for site layout and servicing considerations, design, form and character and landscaping. This will inform the submission for the required building permit.

  • Why do you need to have cleaning staffing going around cleaning the area? Are they looking for needles?

    steve asked about 2 months ago

    BC Housing and VIMHS are committed to being good neighbours in developing this housing. Both staff and residents would be committed to keeping the property maintained with a daily clean-up, just as any other resident in the neighborhood.

  • With 24 hour support are you letting in the drug dealers? Or are the drug dealers going to be hanging around while our school kids are passing on their way to school.

    steve asked about 2 months ago

    A guest policy will be put in place at the new permanent, supportive housing. The type of policy would depend on the needs of the housing and would be determined by the operator. Every site is different and is dependent on the input and feedback from the residents. Any visitors would need to check in at the front desk with staff. This would be a purpose-built property and security measures would include well-lit and fenced grounds, extensive camera monitoring and a controlled single point of entry. 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. 


  • Why were the residents of the neighbourhood never consulted over the 2 last years?

    steve asked about 2 months ago

    The province is facing dual crises: the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic that have made it more important than ever to get people off the streets and out of shelters and into safe, stable housing. BC Housing and the City’s goal is to ensure the public is informed regarding the development of new permanent, purpose-built supportive housing and to include opportunities for community engagement and feedback. Community learning and feedback opportunities have been and are being provided for this new site.

    We have reached out to the community to provide more information and collect input as part of this process. A neighbour letter was sent to a 300 metre radius from the site informing people of the upcoming process and opportunities for further input. We held small group meetings and online information sessions with panelists representing BC Housing, the City, VIMHS and Island Health. The in-person and online sessions provided an opportunity to learn more about the proposal and to ask questions and provide input. One of the sessions was recorded and is available on this page above. Input towards this plan is being gathered through this Let's Talk page and through inquiries sent to communityrelations@bchousing.org. All of the feedback will be provided to City Council in a report in October. 

  • Are these homes for men and women?

    steve asked about 2 months ago

    These homes will be for people of any gender over the age of 19.

  • Are you building homes for families with children ?

    steve asked about 2 months ago

    We’re making the largest investment in housing in B.C. history, and working in partnership to build 114,000 homes. In just over two years, we have more than 23,000 homes completed or underway in communities throughout B.C. This includes nearly 145 homes in Campbell River: 

    o    20 spaces at the former Rose Bowl Restaurant bridge housing; 

    o    27 affordable rental homes at Linda’s Place; 

    o    41 units at the recently purchased Heritage Inn for people who were displaced by the fire at the Pacific West Complex; and 

    o    57 units for women and children leaving violence.