Parksville - 222 Corfield Street South Supportive Housing


Orca Place at 222 Corfield Street South

Orca Place, 52 new homes with supports for people experiencing homelessness in the Oceanside region, will be opening soon at 222 Corfield Street South. Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) will be managing the new housing. Staff will be on site 24/7 providing support to the new residents. ICCS is also establishing a community advisory committee to help integrate the building into the neighbourhood. BC Housing owns the building and will fund operations.

Recently, the City of Parksville purchased the land from the Regional District of Nanaimo, and subsequently, a cold-weather shelter will no


Orca Place at 222 Corfield Street South

Orca Place, 52 new homes with supports for people experiencing homelessness in the Oceanside region, will be opening soon at 222 Corfield Street South. Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) will be managing the new housing. Staff will be on site 24/7 providing support to the new residents. ICCS is also establishing a community advisory committee to help integrate the building into the neighbourhood. BC Housing owns the building and will fund operations.

Recently, the City of Parksville purchased the land from the Regional District of Nanaimo, and subsequently, a cold-weather shelter will no longer be operating in the building. BC Housing is working with the City to determine a new location for a shelter in Parksville.

Over the past few months, ICCS and BC Housing have been working with local service providers selecting residents for Orca Place. Each applicant goes through a thoughtful and thorough assessment process to ensure that an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports live at Orca Place.

Each successful applicant is a person over the age of 19, who is homeless or at risk, and currently lives in the community.

Housing with Supports

People who apply to live at Orca Place will need to meet eligibility requirements and will be assessed to ensure that their needs can be met through on-site and off-site support. All residents will pay rent and sign a program agreement. Oceanside residents will be given priority.

There are a variety of support services planned. Each resident may require different support. All residents will receive individualized case planning to further develop life and social skills such as employment planning and managing the transition to independence and recovery. Programming space will be available to facilitate training and food preparation. Other services will include outreach workers, wellness checks, and connection and referral to community services and support groups.

Small Group Information Sessions

BC Housing will be holding small group information sessions to introduce community members to ICCS staff, to learn more about the community advisory committee, and to answer any outstanding questions around operations. This will be a forward-focused, facilitated dialogue. Please view our Key Dates section for registration details.


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  • Your answer to the question "Will "the rules and regulations for the Program Accommodation and the Building delivered with this Agreement" be made available here?" suggests the documents referenced in the agreement are on this page. Sorry, can't find them. The agreement is here. But I don't see the documents mentioned in clause N. ( rules and regulations for the Program Accommodation and the Building delivered with this Agreement and such amendments, variations, modifications and additions made by the Provider to such rules and regulations from time to time )

    PVConcerns asked about 2 months ago

    Island Crisis Care Society is finalizing the specific rules for Orca Place right now with a recently hired manager. Please find the draft program rules below:

    Program Rules

    1.  Be Respectful and Courteous

    When using shared washrooms, laundry, and other services, take your turn and be fair. See the Standards of Conduct below for more details.

    2.  Participate

    To live here you must participate in the program and accept support. See the list of services above and discuss with a support worker which services are best for you. Peer opportunities are available to contribute and share in the community such as helping in the kitchen or with clean up around the neighbourhood. To apply for a peer position, speak with a support worker.

    3.  Have a Care Plan

    Care plans address the specific needs, goals, and limits for each participant and will be created, reviewed, and revised regularly.

    4.  Be Safe

    Follow all safety requirements. No open flames of any sort indoors. Don’t use violence, harassment, bullying or abuse. Large objects and potential weapons may be restricted if they pose a danger or a perceived danger.

    5.  No Crime, Property Damage, or Theft

    Criminal activity, theft, and property damage will not be tolerated. Such activity may result in immediate removal and criminal charges.  Damage caused by a resident, or a resident’s guest, will be repaired at the resident’s expense. See the Crime policy for more details.

    6.  No Alcohol or Drugs Consumed In Public Or Common Areas

    Residents control their own consumption of alcohol and drugs. A program goal is to minimize the harmful effects of substance use on residents and the wider community. See staff for harm reduction and recovery options.  See the Alcohol and Drug Use Policy below for more details.

    7.  Smoke Only in Designated Areas

    Smoking and vaping is allowed in designated areas.

    8.  Keep it Clean

    Residents maintain the cleanliness of themselves and their room. Laundry facilities are available and weekly laundering of clothing and bedding is required for health and sanitation. Residents will attend to their hygiene daily and shower if requested by staff. Shoes, sandals, or hard soled slippers will be worn at all times.

    9.  Guests Must Check In, be Accompanied, and Follow the Rules

    Visiting Hours are 10 am to 11 pm. All guests must register at the front desk on every visit. Guests are not allowed on site unless accompanied by a resident. No guest will be permitted to stay in the building, including in a resident’s room, unless accompanied by the person they are visiting. Participants are permitted 1 guest at a time unless prior approval has been given for more. For safety reasons and for building capacity considerations, guests may be limited. See the Program Participant Agreement for more details.

    10.  Breakfast 8 am – 10 am | Dinner 4 pm – 5 pm

    Meals are for program participants. Let staff know if you will be away during a meal. Follow posted rules and etiquette in dining room.

    11.  Secure Your Belongings

    Residents keep their room locked and keep all personal belongings there. All belongings must be taken when you move out.

    12.  Bikes Are Kept in the Bike Rack

    Bikes are not permitted in the building. There is a bike rack for resident’s bikes. A Resident is permitted a maximum of one bike.

    13.  Pets Must be Safe and Healthy

    A limited number of pets are allowed in the program and they must be safe and healthy. See the pet policy for more details.

    14.  Respect People’s Privacy and Confidentiality

    Don’t discuss the names or identities of others in the program to anyone outside the program and don’t disturb fellow resident’s privacy.

  • Will food and toiletries be included in the rent and if yes how will they be measured and distributed? Who is responsible for clean8ng the units and the grounds? How long can a tenant be a tenant?

    Neighbour asked about 2 months ago

    Rent at Orca Place includes a studio unit with private kitchenette and washroom; two meals per day from the commercial kitchen; access to the interior and exterior amenity spaces (laundry, smoking/dog walking area) and support services. There will be a maintenance worker to clean the common amenity spaces and grounds.

    Residents will be provided with a start-up kit upon move-in that includes items like toiletries, cleaning products and food items. Each resident will be responsible for any additional food and personal items that they require, and cleaning their own unit. Staff will work with each resident on life skills, including taking care of their own unit. Weekly unit inspections will occur. 

    There is no maximum length of tenancy at Orca Place. This is permanent supportive housing, so many people will reside at Orca Place permanently and live out their lives in the neighbourhood. Others may decide to move into more independent housing; we can provide support for those making this choice with assisting them in the transition process in viewing potential apartments and liaise with landlords on their behalf. 

  • I am very concerned for the residents safety because of poor behaviour displayed by some community members....will there be added safety and security for the first 6 months to one year after opening?

    ez2bkaren asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your concern. The most important security feature at Orca Place, both for residents and the community, is 24-7 staffing. The building will have staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that residents are supported and that any concerns are addressed in a timely manner. Security features will include lighting, fencing, fob entry system for guests only with one secured staffed entrance, and a contained outdoor amenity space for smoking/dog walking.


  • Will "the rules and regulations for the Program Accommodation and the Building delivered with this Agreement" be made available here?

    PVConcerns asked 2 months ago

    The Orca Place Program Agreement is available in the Document Library on this page for your reference.

  • Why was the cold weather shelter denied by the city?

    Biffy13 asked 2 months ago

    BC Housing understands that the City of Parksville received community concerns around the shelter space and has given back the Regional District of Nanaimo grant, releasing the project from the condition of providing shelter space. Any further information can be provided by the City.

    There is a need for a winter shelter in the community, as the current temporary shelter is consistently at capacity while in operation. BC Housing, the City of Parksville, and community partners are currently working on a plan to secure winter shelter space.

  • In the supportive housing model, what is the expected turnover of residents at Orca Place? How many spaces do you anticipate opening up over the next two years for those who applied, but didn't get in?

    SPeter asked 2 months ago

    It is hard to predict the turnover rate of residents. It's really based on the individual and what their needs are. This is permanent supportive housing, so many people will reside at Orca Place permanently and live out their lives in the neighbourhood. Others may decide to move into more independent housing; we can provide support for those making this choice with assisting them in the transition process in viewing potential apartments and liaise with landlords on their behalf.

     
    As BC Housing and Island Crisis Care Society were selecting residents, we did recognize that some people will likely move into market housing after a period of stability and support, while others may need the supports permanently – so basically, space will become available for new residents over the next few years but we cannot provide any specific number.

    Orca Place will provide 52 homes with supports for the community, which is a great step towards meeting a need in the community, but more affordable housing is needed. 


  • Now that the cold weather shelter has been denied by the City, what will happen to the spaces that were meant for the shelter? Could another community group come alongside and "rent" the space? Or could they be turned into learning spaces, like a computer lab or an arts & crafts room? Will there be space and opportunity down the road to do a garden program for the residents?

    AmandaTheWagner asked 2 months ago

    There is an opportunity to re-purpose the space at Orca Place that was intended for the cold weather shelter. Currently, there is no plan in place but BC Housing and Island Crisis Care Society are open to discussing possibilities. There is outdoor amenity space at Orca Place that could be used for gardening. Any future use would be discussed with the City of Parksville and would need to meet zoning requirements. We look forward to working together on integrating Orca Place into the community.

  • Will drug use be allowed in the Orca property?

    Russell asked 2 months ago

    Yes - residents of supportive housing live independently and make their own choices regarding life style and will have direct access to the support services they need. We do not discriminate against a person based on their level of need. Housing applicants are assessed to ensure they are matched with the right level of support services they need to remain housed and life a more healthy, stable life. All Orca Place residents will sign agreements in regards appropriate and respectful behavior. Substance use and mental health challenges will be addressed through onsite and community supports.

  • Is this a “wet house”. And if so what percentage of tenants are addicts?

    Homeless asked 2 months ago

    Supportive housing follows an evidence based and internationally demonstrated Housing First model, which aims to end chronic homelessness by first providing stable housing, and then working with the resident to promote recovery and well-being. Supportive housing works to lessen the impact issues have by providing a safe environment where medical intervention is readily available. Building staff and partners like Island Health provide ongoing guidance, encouragement and support to people living in supportive housing. Learn more about Housing First: www.homelesshub.ca/solutions/housing-accommodation-and-supports/housing-first 

    We do not discriminate against a person based on their level of need. Housing applicants are assessed to ensure they are matched with the right level of support services they need to remain housed and life a more healthy, stable life. Residents of supportive housing live independently and make their own choices regarding life style and will have direct access to the support services they need. All Orca Place residents will sign agreements in regards appropriate and respectful behavior. Substance use and mental health challenges will be addressed through onsite and community supports.

    Due to privacy considerations, we do not release background information about residents. 

  • I have just watched the May 7, 2018 council meeting, at which Craig Crawford of BC Housing said there was no reason that the Program Agreement that tenants of Orca Place will need to sign should not be made public. Can I get a copy of this agreement or can you post it on the ICCS website?

    annrober asked 2 months ago

    We are posting the Orca Place Program Agreement to the Document Library on this page for your reference. 

  • I would like to know what the settlement was in the lawsuit....was it only the purchase of the property, or was that separate?

    ez2bkaren asked 2 months ago

    This lawsuit has now been settled outside of court, and we can’t disclose the terms of an out of court settlement.

    The City of Parksville now owns the land, which is leased to BC Housing. Island Crisis Care Society has an operating agreement with BC Housing to manage the housing. The City of Parksville will join the Community Advisory Committee, along with Island Health, RCMP, local business and community members.

  • I tried to submit but you have to sign in giving your identifying info so that makes no sense. my questions are; can residents have a car?, what furniture/items are provided in the rooms?, and how much is rent or how is it calculated for the residents?

    Caz asked 3 months ago

    Orca Place residents will pay $375 per month in rent or 30% of their income. Each studio unit comes fully furnished, including a bed, desk and kitchen utensils. A limited number of parking spots will be available for resident vehicles. 

  • This government is a disgrace. Forcing communities to accept low barrier, wet housing at the expense of our communities. These models do not work. MAKE THESE PROJECTS HIGH BARRIER/ DRY HOUSING like we are all screaming for you to do. Start listening to us!

    Jan asked 3 months ago

    Supportive housing follows an evidence based and internationally demonstrated Housing First model, which aims to end chronic homelessness by first providing stable housing, and then working with the resident to promote recovery and well-being. Supportive housing works to lessen the impact issues have by providing a safe environment where medical intervention is readily available. Building staff and partners like Island Health provide ongoing guidance, encouragement and support to people living in supportive housing. Learn more about Housing First:
    www.homelesshub.ca/solutions/housing-accommodation-and-supports/housing-first

    We do not discriminate against a person based on their level of need. Housing applicants are assessed to ensure they are matched with the right level of support services they need to remain housed and life a more healthy, stable life. Residents of supportive housing live independently and make their own choices regarding life style and will have direct access to the support services they need. All Orca Place residents will sign agreements in regards appropriate and respectful behavior. Substance use and mental health challenges will be addressed through onsite and community supports.

    Currently, people with substance misuse and mental health issues are living on our streets, in our parks and in our neighbourhoods.  Our goal is to provide people without housing with a home, and to support them in their journey to a healthier life. Otherwise they will remain on the street with deteriorating health.