Maple Ridge - Fraser and 224th

A rendering of a four-story supportive housing building.

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BC Housing is creating approximately 52 modular homes with supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness at 11685 and 11695 Fraser Street and 11686 224th Street in Maple Ridge.

The current homes are workforce modulars, are not intended to be permanent, and are reaching the end of their lifespan. BC Housing will be creating 52 permanent modular homes at Fraser and 224th Street. Residents from the current modular housing located on Royal Crescent have been living there for over a year, have experience living in supportive housing, and have been clients of Coast Metal Health during this time. Residents will move to the new location when completed in mid-2022.

Due to the urgent need in the community, BC Housing is expediting the process to provide permanent supportive homes as soon as possible for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This means BC Housing will be moving straight to the construction phase. BC Housing will be working closely with the City throughout the development process to make sure municipal codes and regulations are met.

These modular studio homes will be managed by Coast Mental Health and provide residents with a person-centered approach. Staff will be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support residents and provide services, including:

  • Meal program
  • Life skills training
  • Employment skill training
  • Access to on-site clinical and health supports
  • Referrals to other community services

At this new site there will also be a single point of access for residents with fob access, a staffed reception area and a private outdoor space for residents.

BC Housing committed to the City that Royal Crescent would be used for senior’s housing. Following the move of the supportive housing to the new location at 224 and Fraser Street, we will start this process. The land will need to be rezoned, and we will be following the municipal rezoning process. We will be reaching back out to the community as we look to engage citizens in this senior housing development.

There is an urgent need for housing in Maple Ridge along the entire housing continuum, and we will continue to work with the City and offer solutions.

Operator

Coast Mental Health is a qualified operator with close to 50 years of experience in specialized mental health services and supports across Greater Vancouver. This includes housing and support services in Maple Ridge and the larger Lower Mainland community.

Closer to when the building opens, we will be reaching back out to neighbours to create a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC will work with Coast Mental Health, BC Housing, and community partners to keep communication paths open and successfully integrate the new housing into the community.

Modular Construction

This modular housing has several benefits for the community, residents, and staff:

  • Modular housing is faster to construct, thereby shortening the construction time, reducing disruption and noise to neighbours, and providing homes more quickly to community members who are struggling.
  • Modular housing provides safe, individual units for residents. This provides security and independence and can help residents progress to the next stage of housing.
  • Examples of recent modular supportive housing can be seen at Guildford and The Nest in Surrey, Mazarine Lodge on Ewen Avenue in New Westminster, and Garibaldi Ridge in Maple Ridge.

The modular units for this proposed housing site have already been created and are being repurposed from another project that did not go ahead. This will reduce the cost and the delivery time, and be less impactful to neighbours as there will be less on-site construction time.

Small Group Neighbourhood Information Sessions

BC Housing hosted a series of small group virtual neighbourhood information sessions for the community to learn more about the modular homes with supports, meet the operator - Coast Mental Health, learn more about the transition of residents to their new homes, and ask questions. Sessions took place on February 3rd, 8th, and 9th.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, and to ensure everyone can safely participate, all gatherings were online.

Project Update

The project is experiencing a minor construction delay due to soil conditions.

Demolition of the existing structures onsite has been completed with construction anticipated to start this summer. Anticipated completion is now expected in late 2022.

The above image is a rendering and subject to change.


BC Housing is creating approximately 52 modular homes with supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness at 11685 and 11695 Fraser Street and 11686 224th Street in Maple Ridge.

The current homes are workforce modulars, are not intended to be permanent, and are reaching the end of their lifespan. BC Housing will be creating 52 permanent modular homes at Fraser and 224th Street. Residents from the current modular housing located on Royal Crescent have been living there for over a year, have experience living in supportive housing, and have been clients of Coast Metal Health during this time. Residents will move to the new location when completed in mid-2022.

Due to the urgent need in the community, BC Housing is expediting the process to provide permanent supportive homes as soon as possible for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This means BC Housing will be moving straight to the construction phase. BC Housing will be working closely with the City throughout the development process to make sure municipal codes and regulations are met.

These modular studio homes will be managed by Coast Mental Health and provide residents with a person-centered approach. Staff will be on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support residents and provide services, including:

  • Meal program
  • Life skills training
  • Employment skill training
  • Access to on-site clinical and health supports
  • Referrals to other community services

At this new site there will also be a single point of access for residents with fob access, a staffed reception area and a private outdoor space for residents.

BC Housing committed to the City that Royal Crescent would be used for senior’s housing. Following the move of the supportive housing to the new location at 224 and Fraser Street, we will start this process. The land will need to be rezoned, and we will be following the municipal rezoning process. We will be reaching back out to the community as we look to engage citizens in this senior housing development.

There is an urgent need for housing in Maple Ridge along the entire housing continuum, and we will continue to work with the City and offer solutions.

Operator

Coast Mental Health is a qualified operator with close to 50 years of experience in specialized mental health services and supports across Greater Vancouver. This includes housing and support services in Maple Ridge and the larger Lower Mainland community.

Closer to when the building opens, we will be reaching back out to neighbours to create a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC will work with Coast Mental Health, BC Housing, and community partners to keep communication paths open and successfully integrate the new housing into the community.

Modular Construction

This modular housing has several benefits for the community, residents, and staff:

  • Modular housing is faster to construct, thereby shortening the construction time, reducing disruption and noise to neighbours, and providing homes more quickly to community members who are struggling.
  • Modular housing provides safe, individual units for residents. This provides security and independence and can help residents progress to the next stage of housing.
  • Examples of recent modular supportive housing can be seen at Guildford and The Nest in Surrey, Mazarine Lodge on Ewen Avenue in New Westminster, and Garibaldi Ridge in Maple Ridge.

The modular units for this proposed housing site have already been created and are being repurposed from another project that did not go ahead. This will reduce the cost and the delivery time, and be less impactful to neighbours as there will be less on-site construction time.

Small Group Neighbourhood Information Sessions

BC Housing hosted a series of small group virtual neighbourhood information sessions for the community to learn more about the modular homes with supports, meet the operator - Coast Mental Health, learn more about the transition of residents to their new homes, and ask questions. Sessions took place on February 3rd, 8th, and 9th.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, and to ensure everyone can safely participate, all gatherings were online.

Project Update

The project is experiencing a minor construction delay due to soil conditions.

Demolition of the existing structures onsite has been completed with construction anticipated to start this summer. Anticipated completion is now expected in late 2022.

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  • How do we register for the small group community information sessions?

    Family living at 223rd and Lougheed Hwy asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. We will be hosting a series of small group virtual dialogue sessions where you can learn more about the modular homes with supports, meet the operator - Coast Mental Health, learn more about the transition of residents to their new homes, and ask questions. Dates and registration will be available in the next few weeks and updated on this page, including information on how to register.

  • Is there no community consultation process before a decision is made on location?

    Chris asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry, Chris. BC Housing purchased the sites back in March 2020, with the intention of creating supportive housing at this site. At the time, a decision was made to seek out other alternative housing options as supportive housing was not supported by City Council and/or municipality. There is now an immediate need to relocate the residents at Royal Crescent due to the condition of the building and the temporary use of this site for supportive housing.  

    Due to the immediate need to relocate residents and supportive housing from Royal Crescent, BC Housing believes the site at 224 and Fraser is the quickest, most efficient, and least disruptive way to provide new supportive homes for those residents. Other sites identified by the City are not assured and would take years to create the needed homes. This is why we are expediting the process and moving straight to the construction phase.

  • Hello! I am a curious about the plans to repurpose the existing units for seniors housing - I generally support reuse, but am wondering what upgrades are proposed to ensure adequate housing for that population, when it will be completed, and if there are any opportunities to get involved in that process. Thank you! Sincerely, Alex Ward

    Alex Ward asked 8 months ago

    People who experience homelessness are as varied as any other neighbour. They may very well be seniors, people with disabilities, people who have employment but no housing, people who are working through mental health concerns and/or substance use. This supportive housing is an opportunity for people to transition to safe and stable housing that will help improve their quality of life. Supportive housing is a self-contained studio home with various support services provided on-site, to ensure people can achieve and maintain housing stability. Supports could include outreach workers, life skills training, employment assistance, connection and referral to community services, and support groups. All residents would sign an agreement and would pay rent.

    We want to hear from the community about how to successfully integrate this new supportive housing within the community. Virtual small group community information sessions will be held later this month for community members to learn more about the housing, ask questions, and share information about how to successfully integrate supportive housing into the community. Please keep an eye on the Let's Talk page for details on that. 

  • The no-barrier approach didn't work at Royal Crescent. There were numerous Fire, Ambulance and RCMP calls to this facility since opening. Will this new facility be no-barrier as well? What processes/procedures do you have in place to keep the surrounding neighbourhood safe?

    SNichols asked 8 months ago

    Residents will be relocating here from the current temporary modular supportive housing at Royal Crescent, so Coast Mental Health frontline employees have already established relationships with these residents.

    BC Housing and Coast Mental Health are committed to being good neighbours and to provide a safe community, both inside and outside of the proposed housing. Supportive housing is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by an experienced non-profit operator. All residents sign an agreement in respect to expectations around behaviours.

    Coast Mental Health works closely with local police, Bylaws, Fraser Health, BC Housing and other community agencies to ensure the community is safe for all to enjoy. As per regular practice, they will create a Community Advisory Committee that includes neighbours, to discuss emergent and ongoing issues towards building a safer and healthier community.

    There will be security features in place that will benefit residents and neighbours alike such as a single point of entry, well-lit and fenced grounds, landscaping, and outdoor space.

Page last updated: 22 Jun 2022, 10:50 AM