Chilliwack – Supportive Housing and Shelter

Project illustrative rendering of a supportive housing and shelter.

The image is conceptual only; final site and building design to be determined through the City of Chilliwack’s development permit process in accordance with established design guidelines

Rowat & Trethewey Avenue, Chilliwack

BC Housing is partnering with the Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society on a proposal to provide roughly 50 supportive homes and a 40-bed shelter for people experiencing homelessness in Chilliwack. This chosen location is ideal for the shelter and supportive housing as it close to public transportation, clinics, grocery stores and other services. 

About the proposed project: 

  • The supportive housing and the shelter would be in one development, with cultural spaces, meeting rooms and kitchen.
  • The proposed supportive homes would be studio apartments, with a bathroom and kitchen.
  • This housing will provide supports including tenant support workers, life skills training, employment assistance, connection and referral to community services and support groups.
  • Residents have access to counseling, as well as health, mental health and substance-use services through Fraser Health.
  • The 40-space shelter would replace the temporary Portal shelter at 46293 Yale Road.

For supportive housing, applicants will go through a thorough assessment process, residents will sign a program agreement and will pay rent.  Priority will be given to our vulnerable citizens living in the Chilliwack.

Operator

The Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society have been chosen as operator for the proposed supportive housing and shelter.

The Phoenix Society is a multi-service agency with over 30 years' experience. They have extensive experience within the Lower Mainland, providing accessible services and opportunities to people who face barriers related to addiction, mental health, housing, education, criminal justice involvement and/ or employment and are pleased to be welcoming them into the community.

Community Impact

The Province is fast-tracking the plan to start construction at this site to make sure people in need have access to safe and secure housing. Chilliwack recorded 306 people experiencing homelessness during the last Point-in-Time survey in 2020. This number has grown by 85 since the last count in 2017.

Community Engagement

To ensure everyone had an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback about this proposal, BC Housing, the Phoenix Society, and Fraser Health hosted two Community Engagement Sessions where partners shared information about this proposed project and how it will support people in the community who are at risk of, or currently experiencing, homelessness.

These facilitated sessions included a presentation to share information on the proposed project, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Sessions took place on April 13 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm and April 15 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

This project was successful rezoned and the OCP amended on June 15, 2021.

Your feedback and comments are important to us

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

The image is conceptual only; final site and building design to be determined through the City of Chilliwack’s development permit process in accordance with established design guidelines

Rowat & Trethewey Avenue, Chilliwack

BC Housing is partnering with the Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society on a proposal to provide roughly 50 supportive homes and a 40-bed shelter for people experiencing homelessness in Chilliwack. This chosen location is ideal for the shelter and supportive housing as it close to public transportation, clinics, grocery stores and other services. 

About the proposed project: 

  • The supportive housing and the shelter would be in one development, with cultural spaces, meeting rooms and kitchen.
  • The proposed supportive homes would be studio apartments, with a bathroom and kitchen.
  • This housing will provide supports including tenant support workers, life skills training, employment assistance, connection and referral to community services and support groups.
  • Residents have access to counseling, as well as health, mental health and substance-use services through Fraser Health.
  • The 40-space shelter would replace the temporary Portal shelter at 46293 Yale Road.

For supportive housing, applicants will go through a thorough assessment process, residents will sign a program agreement and will pay rent.  Priority will be given to our vulnerable citizens living in the Chilliwack.

Operator

The Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society have been chosen as operator for the proposed supportive housing and shelter.

The Phoenix Society is a multi-service agency with over 30 years' experience. They have extensive experience within the Lower Mainland, providing accessible services and opportunities to people who face barriers related to addiction, mental health, housing, education, criminal justice involvement and/ or employment and are pleased to be welcoming them into the community.

Community Impact

The Province is fast-tracking the plan to start construction at this site to make sure people in need have access to safe and secure housing. Chilliwack recorded 306 people experiencing homelessness during the last Point-in-Time survey in 2020. This number has grown by 85 since the last count in 2017.

Community Engagement

To ensure everyone had an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback about this proposal, BC Housing, the Phoenix Society, and Fraser Health hosted two Community Engagement Sessions where partners shared information about this proposed project and how it will support people in the community who are at risk of, or currently experiencing, homelessness.

These facilitated sessions included a presentation to share information on the proposed project, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Sessions took place on April 13 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm and April 15 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

This project was successful rezoned and the OCP amended on June 15, 2021.

Your feedback and comments are important to us

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

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  • I just bought an apartment about a block away from the Rowat and Trethawey site. I'm new to Chilliwack and am concerned how this shelter is going to affect my area. I've read comments from the communities of other shelters that report noise, break ins, needles on and around the shelter. How are you ensuring that the new shelter location will not affect the community it surrounds? (what actions are you taking to ensure the negative impact will be minimal)

    CF asked 5 months ago

    The property would provide 50 new homes (self-contained studio apartments) with the necessary supports, and a 40-bed shelter that would give people experiencing homelessness in Chilliwack a safe, warm, physically distanced place to stay.  

    The proposed combined supportive housing and shelter project will help to move people off the streets and precarious housing situations and towards stable and safe housing, and an improved quality of life. BC Housing worked with the City of Chilliwack to identify the best site for this housing and obtain feedback.  

    BC Housing and partners are committed to being good neighbours. Supportive housing is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by an experienced non-profit operator. All residents sign a program agreement in respect to expectations around behaviours.   

    As per regular practice, the housing operator will create a Community Advisory Committee that includes representation from BC Housing, RCMP, local businesses, community organizations and neighbours to discuss emergent and ongoing issues towards building a safer and healthier community.    

    Other security measures include: safety and security monitoring within the building; optimized lighting around the building, security cameras, fob-access only to the building, and a staffed reception area.   

    Both staff and residents are committed to keeping the property and neighborhood maintained with a daily clean-up, just as any other resident in the neighborhood.     

  • In the north side of Chilliwack we have approximately 8 housing projects currently operating. There are many community resources in south chilliwack, why is there no housing being built on that side of the city. My concern is that we are creating a mini social housing community instead of having housing situated among all communities.

    LZ asked 7 months ago

    BC Housing looks to acquire property based on community need and where there is an urgent need for more housing. Housing for people experiencing homelessness needs to meet people where they are, providing connection to the resources that people need to work towards living a healthy, stable life.  

    The proposed combined supportive housing and shelter project will help to move people off the streets and precarious housing situations and towards stable and safe housing, and an improved quality of life. BC Housing worked collaboratively with the City of Chilliwack to identify the best site for this housing.  We continue to work with the City to identify a range of housing solutions for the community.  

    Project locations are determined based on services, amenities and availability of property. The suitability of supportive housing sites is considered with respect to: 

    • proximity to community services (health services, commercial and recreational activities);  
    • accessibility to transit;  
    • adequate lot size;  
    • connections to utilities; and, 
    • compatible land use policies.  
  • Will this centre address lack of supportive beds after the Portal closes and off the streets.

    Barbara asked 7 months ago

    The Rowat & Trethewey Avenue shelter, which has 40-spaces, will replace the temporary Portal shelter at 46293 Yale Road. 

    Sincerely,  
    Emma 

    BC Housing Community Relations Team 

Page last updated: 17 June 2021, 10:20