Surrey - 13939 104 Avenue

The Travelodge Hotel in Surrey.

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The Province, through BC Housing, has purchased the 28-room Travelodge Hotel at 13939, 104 Avenue as part of a long-term plan to provide safe, supportive housing.

The proposed supportive housing services will include supports such as meals, connection to health services, income assistance, and other client focused services. The 28-units of housing will provide residents with a person-centered approach. Staff will be on-site 24 hours a day to ensure residents can achieve and maintain housing stability and receive important supports such as:

  • life skill training
  • wellness checks
  • mentorship
  • health and skill development programs

Discussions will be had with applicants to ensure the services provided in this building meet their needs and there is an appropriate mix of residents. All residents will sign a program agreement (similar to a tenancy agreement) and will pay rent.  No operator for the property has been selected. BC Housing will conduct a Request for Proposals to ensure the right operator is selected that can best meet the needs of the residents.

This property is currently vacant and will need to be rezoned before it can be converted into supportive housing; the application will comply with the municipal rezoning process. The Travelodge rezoning application will be submitted in summer 2021 with the target of having residents move in during winter 2021.

Community Engagement

BC Housing is committed to an ongoing community dialogue and invites the community to learn more about the project, and address questions that neighbours may have about supportive housing being operated at the site. We will be engaging with the community throughout the rezoning process.

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

Image courtesy of Google Maps.

The Province, through BC Housing, has purchased the 28-room Travelodge Hotel at 13939, 104 Avenue as part of a long-term plan to provide safe, supportive housing.

The proposed supportive housing services will include supports such as meals, connection to health services, income assistance, and other client focused services. The 28-units of housing will provide residents with a person-centered approach. Staff will be on-site 24 hours a day to ensure residents can achieve and maintain housing stability and receive important supports such as:

  • life skill training
  • wellness checks
  • mentorship
  • health and skill development programs

Discussions will be had with applicants to ensure the services provided in this building meet their needs and there is an appropriate mix of residents. All residents will sign a program agreement (similar to a tenancy agreement) and will pay rent.  No operator for the property has been selected. BC Housing will conduct a Request for Proposals to ensure the right operator is selected that can best meet the needs of the residents.

This property is currently vacant and will need to be rezoned before it can be converted into supportive housing; the application will comply with the municipal rezoning process. The Travelodge rezoning application will be submitted in summer 2021 with the target of having residents move in during winter 2021.

Community Engagement

BC Housing is committed to an ongoing community dialogue and invites the community to learn more about the project, and address questions that neighbours may have about supportive housing being operated at the site. We will be engaging with the community throughout the rezoning process.

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

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  • Is this still in the works? I don't see anything being done in this location.

    HC asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. This site is currently going through the municipal rezoning process. We anticipate occupancy in the winter of 2021/2022. 

  • I am wondering how someone can apply to be a resident these new supportive housing locations? I have a client currently living in a park who I think would be a perfect fit to apply. Thank you , Amanda

    Amanda asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for contacting BC Housing. 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 (including Surrey): https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-housing/housing-listings

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

    For more assistance with a housing application and to discuss potential housing options, please contact Applicant Services at 1-800-257-7756 (toll-free).

  • How safe will this be for the neighboring elementary school that shares a fence with this property? Did you consider that at all?

    LDT76 asked 6 months ago

    The Province, through BC Housing, is purchasing this hotel as part of a long-term plan to provide safe, warm homes with supports to address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness in the lower mainland. 

    Surrey is experiencing a housing crisis with 644 people experiencing homelessness in the last point-in-time count. This purchase will create warm, safe homes with supports for people experiencing homelessness in the community. These homes with supports are intended for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and further along in their recovery journey.  

    BC Housing is committed to being good neighbours. All new supportive housing that we develop across the province provides a safe community both inside and outside the building. The most important security feature, both for residents and the community, is staffing. 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. 

  • What criteria will the operator look at to determine who gets supportive housing? And will you make it public what these criteria’s are? We have kids who go to the OLGC school and are concerned for their safety. Will there be people there who are abusing drugs? Will there be someone in charge of making sure no needles or drugs are left behind for young elementary kids to find? There are already instances where people go into the school property and make up a story to get money. There’s also instances of people breaking in and leaving their needles and feces on school property. We are concerned that this supportive housing will attract more of these kinds of behaviours around the school. Is it really safe for kids to go to a school located beside supportive housing?

    Concerned mother asked 6 months ago

    People who experience homelessness are as varied as any other neighbour. They may be seniors, persons with disabilities, people who have employment but no housing, people who are working through mental health concerns and/or substance use. All residents in supportive housing have made a choice to work towards living a healthy, stable life.   

    BC Housing collaborates with local service providers on a thoughtful and thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports live in the housing. Every potential resident is considered on an individual basis to ensure that the housing and services provided by the program match the support services that they need, such as life skills training, employment assistance, and help with accessing a range of social and health care services.   

    A coordinated access table brings together people and partners (i.e. Fraser Health, BC Housing, community outreach services) who are working to assist potential residents in determining suitability. Suitability considers vulnerability in the community, neighbourhood considerations, accessibility to services, the housing operators’ experience and mandates - all in the interest of creating a balanced mix tenancy that will support successful operation and tenancies. 

    BC Housing is committed to being good neighbours. The most important safety feature, both for residents and the community, is staffing. 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. 

    There are schools in every community and many supportive housing sites are developed near schools. For more information please review this factsheet

  • Can the tenants stay for life? Do you mean they have ongoing mental health and/or substance-abuse disabilities? Do you think this is a good idea to place it beside an elementary school?

    Joekrismas asked 6 months ago

    BC Housing collaborates with local service providers on a thoughtful and thorough assessment process to ensure an appropriate mix of residents with the right supports live in the housing. Every potential resident is considered on an individual basis to ensure that the housing and services provided by the program match the support services that they need, such as life skills training, employment assistance, and help with accessing a range of social and health care services.   

    Residents would have an individual case plan and be expected to abide by it in addition to paying rent. The case plan would address expectations about appropriate and respectful behavior especially as it relates to the health and safety of themselves and others. Operational staff would work with residents and the neighbours to foster good neighbourhood relations. 

    Many supportive housing sites for people experiencing homelessness across the province have been operating in their communities and near schools for 10+ years with no issues and with support from the community. There are over 210 provincially funded supportive housing sites across the province that are within 500 metres of a school, and 52% of provincially funded supportive housing sites in B.C. within 500 metres of schools have been operating for 10+ years.   

  • How are you going to ensure the safety of the students and staff of the elementary school that is RIGHT BESIDE this proposed facility

    TP asked 6 months ago

    BC Housing is committed to being good neighbours and the safety of the residents, staff and surrounding community is a priority. . The most important safety feature, both for residents and the community, is staffing. 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.    

    We all want safe neighbourhoods. 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. Just like any other residence, if there are concerns with specific individuals coming on property or loitering around the property, the operator will work with City bylaw and police around potential solutions.    

    A Community Advisory Committee will be created to support the successful integration of the building into the neighbourhood and community, with representation from BC Housing, Fraser Health, the City, Police Department, BIA/Chamber, any relevant community partners such as school district, service providers and community members at large.   

  • How is this an appropriate facility when it is situated adjacent to an elementary school and youth centre?

    Sobou asked 6 months ago

    The Province is working to address the ongoing housing crisis and COVID-19 pandemic. This has led us to explore purchasing hotels and other spaces to provide indoor spaces in Surrey. This site was chosen because of the increasing demand for homes with supports, their availability, costs and proximity to transit and other services.

    Many supportive housing sites for people experiencing homelessness across the province have been operating in their communities and near schools for 10+ years with no issues and with support from the community. There are over 210 provincially funded supportive housing sites across the province that are within 500 metres of a school, and 52% of provincially funded supportive housing sites in B.C. within 500 metres of schools have been operating for 10+ years.  

Page published: 29 April 2021, 14:20