Cranbrook - 209 16th Ave N

front view of character drawing of a shelter with two people inside

Overview

BC Housing is partnering with Community Connections Society of Southeast BC (CCSS) on a proposal to open a temporary shelter in Cranbrook at 209 16th Avenue North in Cranbrook. The temporary year-round shelter would be open 24/7 for people experiencing homelessness.

Community Engagement

BC Housing and our partners hosted a virtual Neighbourhood Information Session on this project on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm MST. We thank everyone from the community who attended to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback to the project team. You can watch the video recording of the session below. The presentation is also available in the Documents Library.


Project Details

The new site would be a year-round shelter that operates 24/7 and provides approximately 40 shelter beds in the community. This site would also fill the gap left by the Salvation Army’s 12 hour-per-day temporary winter shelter that could not open this year due to COVID restrictions.

The building requires rezoning and renovations. If the rezoning is approved, BC Housing would fund:

  • the lease of the site
  • any renovations needed, and
  • ongoing operational funding to support the society

CCSS would operate the shelter, with staff on site 24/7 to provide supports, including meal programs, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness support services. CCSS is an experienced non-profit charitable organization that has provided programs and services to Cranbrook and the East Kootenay Region since 1982. Learn more about CCSS at www.ccscranbrook.ca.

Overview

BC Housing is partnering with Community Connections Society of Southeast BC (CCSS) on a proposal to open a temporary shelter in Cranbrook at 209 16th Avenue North in Cranbrook. The temporary year-round shelter would be open 24/7 for people experiencing homelessness.

Community Engagement

BC Housing and our partners hosted a virtual Neighbourhood Information Session on this project on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm MST. We thank everyone from the community who attended to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback to the project team. You can watch the video recording of the session below. The presentation is also available in the Documents Library.


Project Details

The new site would be a year-round shelter that operates 24/7 and provides approximately 40 shelter beds in the community. This site would also fill the gap left by the Salvation Army’s 12 hour-per-day temporary winter shelter that could not open this year due to COVID restrictions.

The building requires rezoning and renovations. If the rezoning is approved, BC Housing would fund:

  • the lease of the site
  • any renovations needed, and
  • ongoing operational funding to support the society

CCSS would operate the shelter, with staff on site 24/7 to provide supports, including meal programs, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness support services. CCSS is an experienced non-profit charitable organization that has provided programs and services to Cranbrook and the East Kootenay Region since 1982. Learn more about CCSS at www.ccscranbrook.ca.

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  • Where do I find the link for last night's webinar? Jan. 13, 2021

    Chris Johns asked 11 days ago

    A recording of the webinar can be found on this page: https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/cranbrook-16-ave

  • Hello, I am very aware that the community of Cranbrook is in desperate need of solutions for our current housing crisis, which leaves our homeless population in no position make a better life for themselves. That is why I fully support the proposed shelter on 16th Ave. My question is, will the shelter also host a safe-injection site? Someone mentioned this to me, but I could not find evidence to support it anywhere online. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question, and thank you for the essential work you do with BC Housing.

    Natasha asked 11 days ago

    CCSS would move towards having an internal Overdose Prevention Space (OPS) within the shelter. This space would be integrated into shelter services and would provide onsite monitoring for shelter residents who use substance. We would distribute harm reduction supplies (such as sterile needles, filters, cleaning items, condoms, etc.) offer safe disposal options, and facilitate referrals to mental health and substance use services.  We would have Naloxone trained staff and supplies to administer Naloxone if needed. 

    We would work with Interior Health and other service providers to train and equip staff to offer overdose prevention services to shelter residents. 

    This would not be an overdose prevention or safe injection site for the general public.

  • I asked this already but have yet to get any reply so once again, The city has illegally been Using this site with people staying here already, needles have been in My backyard one which led to a hospital trip. There’s a daycare Adjacent are you seriously considering putting addicts side by side with toddlers? The cities negligence with having a needle exchange on this site with no resident or business informed is a complete travesty . Why am I even having to write this? Daycare schools arenas theatres and a homeless shelter that comes with a needle exchange that has already illegally been put in place do not belong together. Needles for toddlers! Has everyone lost there mind?? Seriously? . Not just the needle in my finger but the overdosed individuals found behind the arena the numerous needles I’ve collected around behind this site is not enoughto wake anyone up ?? Do I have to start mailing used needles to bchousing and cityhall instead of throwing them in sharps bins?

    Marc asked 11 days ago

    Potential locations are determined based on services, amenities and availability of property. 

    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. 

    Access to community services is key for people without homes, but so is feeling part of a neighbourhood. 

    This location is next door to numerous existing social services provided by Community Connections Society of Southeast BC (CCSS) including the Homeless Outreach program, which connects people experiencing homelessness to services in Cranbrook, and the Homelessness Prevention program, which engages with women leaving abuse, First Nations or Indigenous people, youth at risk or people leaving the health or corrections system. CCSS has been operating nearby since 2010.

    ANKORS is also located next door and provides services such as a community drop-in space, harm reduction supplies and peer health navigators.

    The safety of shelter guests, staff and the surrounding community is a priority. The most important security feature is staff. This site would have a minimum of 2 experienced staff members on hand 24 hours a day. During the day, a full-time-manager, janitorial, food service and other staff, depending on services provided, would also be on-site. 

    We would also install security cameras around the property and the site would have one point of access that would be monitored. 

    If concerns or problems occur with specific individuals, the operators would work with the individual and the community on solutions.

    BC Housing and CCSS are committed to being good neighbours in developing this new 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. 

    CCSS would move towards having an internal Overdose Prevention Space (OPS) within the shelter. This space would be integrated into shelter services and would provide onsite monitoring for shelter residents who use substance. We would distribute harm reduction supplies (such as sterile needles, filters, cleaning items, condoms, etc.) offer safe disposal options, and facilitate referrals to mental health and substance use services.  We would have Naloxone trained staff and supplies to administer Naloxone if needed. 

    We would work with Interior Health and other service providers to train and equip staff to offer overdose prevention services to shelter residents. 

    This would not be an overdose prevention or safe injection site for the general public.

  • I would like to know the term of temporary for this location. It states until the end of the lease, but no length of term is mentioned. Can the term be extended? Can it be converted to permanent? Why only support 1 location for rezoning instead of looking at options thought the city for the best viable option, not a contemptuous, temporary solution. Show the public all options were considered, not just the only one available.

    Paula asked 12 days ago

    The property owner submitted a rezoning application to Cranbrook City Council on December 7, 2020. If approved, BC Housing would lease and renovate the space.

    If rezoning is approved, the temporary shelter would operate 24/7 for the term of the lease, which is expected to be three years with an option to renew.

    This is an interim solution to an immediate need in the community.

    We continue to explore options to provide a permanent shelter in Cranbrook. 

  • Comment - Homeless people have the same right as anyone else to live within walking distance of medical clinics, the hospital, shopping, library, BC access centre and other community resources.

    steven Baker asked 12 days ago

    We agree.

    Potential locations are determined based on services, amenities and availability of property. 

    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. 

    Access to community services is key for people without homes, but so is feeling part of a neighbourhood. 

  • After years of work by community agencies and presentations to city council, Why is the City of Cranbrook not taking a leadership role in providing safe housing for persons who are homeless? Housing saves lives and is the first step to helping persons regain their health and their lives. The proposed shelter location is ideal and with-in walking distance to services. All Canadian citizens deserve dignity, safe housing and food security. Epidemic numbers of people are dying in our province. Why is this still happening? And when will Cranbrook City Council take action so the housing shelter can proceed ?

    Carolyn and Jim Shepherd asked 12 days ago

    We share and appreciate your support for this shelter in Cranbrook.

    With no permanent shelter beds in Cranbrook, the community is facing an urgent need. The 2020 Point in Time count found 63 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness (up from 29 people in 2018). Almost half of these people have lived in Cranbrook for 10 years or more. There are others in the community who are living in unstable housing conditions. 

    Please stay tuned for more updates on this proposal. Thank you.

  • Comment : I would like to point out that the proposed site is next door to Ace Trucking -not your typical residential neighbourhood. Personally, I would be more concerned about trucks coming in and out at all hours of the day and night. I was very dismayed to hear CBC introduce this proposal as controversial. In my opinion the only thing controversial about this situation is that some city counsellors don't appreciate the urgency of housing the homeless in the dead of winter during a pandemic!

    steven Baker asked 12 days ago

    We share and appreciate your support for this shelter in Cranbrook.

    With no permanent shelter beds in Cranbrook, the community is facing an urgent need. The 2020 Point in Time count found 63 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness (up from 29 people in 2018). Almost half of these people have lived in Cranbrook for 10 years or more. There are others in the community who are living in unstable housing conditions. 

    Please stay tuned for more updates on this proposal. Thank you.

  • Why is it called a temporary shelter ? Is it not a permanent location to support the homeless?

    Maggie H asked 12 days ago

    The property owner submitted a rezoning application to Cranbrook City Council on December 7, 2020. If approved, BC Housing would lease and renovate the space.

    If rezoning is approved, the temporary shelter would operate 24/7 for the term of the lease, which is expected to be three years with an option to renew.

    This is an interim solution to an immediate need in the community.

    We continue to explore options to provide a permanent shelter in Cranbrook. 

  • Why has it taken B.C. Housing so long to clarify the rezoning of this project from August, is it at Shelter or affordable housing, as the CCS Site indicates under the Homelessness feature of there webpage.

    jaglsmith asked 12 days ago

    BC Housing is partnering with Community Connections Society of Southeast BC (CCSS) on a proposal to open a temporary shelter in Cranbrook for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, to be located at 209 16th Avenue North. If approved, the shelter is expected to open in spring/summer 2021.

  • I think the proposed location is an excellent one for Best supporting the needs of those identified as homeless in Cranbrook. Are there any concrete, fact based reasons why this should not be chosen ?

    Maggie H asked 12 days ago

    Potential locations are determined based on services, amenities and availability of property. 

    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. 

    Access to community services is key for people without homes, but so is feeling part of a neighbourhood. 

    This location is next door to numerous existing social services provided by Community Connections Society of Southeast BC (CCSS) including the Homeless Outreach program, which connects people experiencing homelessness to services in Cranbrook, and the Homelessness Prevention program, which engages with women leaving abuse, First Nations or Indigenous people, youth at risk or people leaving the health or corrections system. CCSS has been operating nearby since 2010.

    ANKORS is also located next door and provides services such as a community drop-in space, harm reduction supplies and peer health navigators.