Valemount - 1451 5th Avenue Affordable Housing

Robson Valley Community Services, with the support of BC Housing and M’akola Development Services, is proposing to rezone vacant land owned by the Village of Valemount to build new, permanent affordable housing for women and children at risk of or affected by violence in Valemount.

About the Project

Located at 1451 5th Avenue, this new building will offer approximately 14 affordable rental apartments, as well as office space to provide on-site supports connecting women and children with resources to help them towards safe, independent living. The new housing will help meet a growing need for safe, affordable, long-term housing for women (including seniors) and children in the area.

The housing will be operated by Robson Valley Community Services (RVCS). RVCS is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting individuals, families and communities by providing programs and services and collaborating within a rural environment.

You can send us your questions and feedback below, or email communityrelations@bchousing.org. All feedback received up to and including July 5, 2020 will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

Robson Valley Community Services, with the support of BC Housing and M’akola Development Services, is proposing to rezone vacant land owned by the Village of Valemount to build new, permanent affordable housing for women and children at risk of or affected by violence in Valemount.

About the Project

Located at 1451 5th Avenue, this new building will offer approximately 14 affordable rental apartments, as well as office space to provide on-site supports connecting women and children with resources to help them towards safe, independent living. The new housing will help meet a growing need for safe, affordable, long-term housing for women (including seniors) and children in the area.

The housing will be operated by Robson Valley Community Services (RVCS). RVCS is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting individuals, families and communities by providing programs and services and collaborating within a rural environment.

You can send us your questions and feedback below, or email communityrelations@bchousing.org. All feedback received up to and including July 5, 2020 will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

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  • As a resident of McBride, i feel that this project, even though in a community removed from my own, will still provide opportunity for women and children in McBride, and all the outlying communities in the Robson Valley. It is important to realize that this housing will positively impact ALL of the Robson Valley, not just the community of Valemount, and enable residents to continue to live in their community or close to it. I fully support the rezoning amendment, and believe Valemount has the capacity, space and capabilities to have this come to fruition. I hope the community supports this project and understands the reach that affordable housing has on the entire Robson Valley.

    Jana MacMaster asked 4 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • Affordable rental housing and especially housing with supports will be good for our village. It seems like a small lot to have 14 apartments on it and if there are to be children living there , is there room for yards for them to play in? I am hoping that more housing for all ages might be built in the area south of the high school along with more senior's housing. I am delighted to see the community gardens being developed there. I am also wondering if any land is being reserved for expansion of the health clinic in the future.

    Laurel asked 4 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing women and children fleeing violence - and all members of our community, including individuals, families and seniors. 

    This site was chosen for many reasons, including it being close to the health clinic, the RCMP station school, park and playground, and other amenities. The building size was determined based on a combination of factors including the size of the lot, desired number of residential units and allowing for ground floor office space.

    Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I am so glad this project is coming to Valemount. Every woman and child have the right to be safe. They have the right to re invent themselves and move forward in a positive and encouraging atmosphere. To be an example to their children about moving past negative situations. Each child should be safe and cared for. Every community needs to have a place like this. Unfortunately people never realize how badly a place like this is needed. They either don’t see or chose not to look at what is going on in their own community. We have women RIGHT NOW that could benefit from this housing project. How wonderful is a community that stands up and says...we need a place for women and children to be safe and we will support it 100%.....I am truly glad that Valemount is such a community.. Makes me proud to live here.

    cb asked 4 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable place to live within their own communities. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council.

  • I am writing to express my support for the affordable housing development at 1451 5th Avenue. This is a valuable use of land being offered by the Village of Valemount. A valuable asset to have within our community for women and children who are in need of affordable and safe housing, having 14 units would increase the availability of safe housing that our community lacks. With the soaring costs of housing, our community has already experienced, we would be foolish not to seize the opportunity created by multiple levels of government coming together in support of a project that addresses a critical need in our community. These forward-thinking measures will allow for an increase affordable housing in our community. Robson Valley Community Services has been a steadfast and well established non-profit organization that understands the community’s needs and employs experienced and well-trained staff. They are in the best position to lead this project successfully to completion and over the long-term.

    Heather asked 4 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable place to live within their own communities. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council.

  • I am ignorant of the need for a safe house for women and children in Valemount. Is there that much demand that a new building needs to be constructed? It is a good idea if there is a need, but there are many buildings that are for sale or empty that might fit the need? has that been considered? I, as someone nearing retirement, do believe in having something more for seniors but I am not sure combining the two projects makes sense. I think a seniors project needs to be separate. I don't believe the location proposed would be the best place either

    Taxpayer asked 4 days ago

    The RVCS is acutely aware of and focused on meeting the significant community need for affordable housing catering to vulnerable women and children who have experienced or are currently experiencing violence, and is supported in this endeavour by the Province’s Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, as well as the Village’s selection and proposed donation of the subject site.

    Details of the Village’s property selection process are not available to the project team leading the subject site rezoning, so we are unable to comment on other publicly-owned properties.   

  • Once again, how fortunate for Valemount to have outside funding to enhance our community. We voted in a great council who will see the benefits and understand the need for rezoning. Green, for go ahead; for my vote with a big Thankyou. Let’s not be so focused on what we assumed might be; that we miss out on a gift of funding. Ideal locations are often developed and there is ample opportunity to make this site compatible to the project Ellen Duncan

    Ellen Duncan asked 4 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • This being designated for this project by our community and ready to go makes me wonder why I would not be in agreement we are blessed with receiving funding. Property is surveyed my understanding future projects have designated property. My vote is let’s deal with the issue at hand the need for affordable housing for our vunerable Please approve and help lead this project forward thank you

    Sharon asked 4 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • As the Stopping the Violence Counsellor for Robson Valley Community Services, I see first-hand the dire need of such a facility in our region. Countless women and children remain vulnerable where there are little to no resources available to them, and compounding that fact with steadily rising housing costs in the Valley, fleeing from violence and maintaining that safety remains to be a giant hurdle for numerous residents. This impressive collaboration between BC Housing, M’akola Development Services and RVCS is a project that wholeheartedly addresses this need by providing women and children with a viable opportunity to resurrect their lives from the oppressive shadows of abuse and trauma, toward a healthier and brighter future full of potential, hope and success. Such a hand-up (not a hand-out) is exactly what's needed to break the cycle of violence for future generations, and for the betterment of society going forward. In regards to the 1451 5th Avenue rezoning proposal, I am in full support of the location selected. In having the residential units off the 6th Avenue portion of the property, residents will be set-up along a quiet street with many other neighbouring homes. I have no concerns about the location's perceived traffic volume, and in fact, I, myself, live on 6th Avenue where my young children play in the street regularly. The design will include sufficient fencing and security features for all residents. This is not a safe shelter. This is not emergency housing. I feel that many residents concerned about the location are influenced by the idea that this project is akin to emergency shelters, where women and children are in immediate risk of harm from their abusers, and require confidential, unmarked spaces. We already have a program in place for emergency, confidential shelter, while this project focuses on the long-term support of those women and children. The location is conveniently located for all ages, and allows for ease of access to all emergency services, village shopping, schools, parks and highway access- all pertinent to potential residents who are likely to be limited in their modes of transportation. It is a blessing that the Robson Valley has been given this wonderful opportunity to elevate our most vulnerable community members. Thank you to all who have made this possible.

    Jill J asked 3 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • A great idea and much needed for the community ! Only thing on top of the list for valemount is anther day care ! Great work everyone ! For bringing things to valemount that are needed!

    Shayla asked 3 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I do agree that a safe home for anyone, regardless of race, colour or sexual orientation. Everyone has a right to feel safe. However, next to the clinic right up front and center along the main thoroughfare into town is not the place to put a shelter. Shelters should be integrated within the community. On a street surrounded by families, away from the public eye. I would not feel safe if I were to stay in an area where everyone drives by. There are motels close by. Yes, RCMP station is only 2 buildings away, but it is not always being manned 24/7. Please don't take this the wrong way. Our members are wonderful people and they do a very thankless job, but I don't think that it would deter someone who would know where they could find their victim from trying to gain access. This piece of property should be kept for a carehome or hospice. As someone who served this community as a Paramedic for 17 years I witnessed many of our seniors being removed from the community to live out the rest of their lives away from their friends and loved ones. I have experienced this first hand as we had to move my dad to Jasper for his last days, and my husband's aunt just recently last winter. Please think of relocating a safe home to a better suited area. These are of course my own opinions and not of everyone in the community, but I really do think this should not be built in this area.

    Bela Janum asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for your message and the opportunity to clarify some information. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    The site for this project was chosen for many reasons. It is located centrally between the highway commercial area of the Village and the downtown core and has good proximity to services and amenities. There is a health centre next door and an RCMP detachment on the same block. The community playground and park and elementary school are within a block. Privacy and safety are top priority and design elements at this location, such as fencing and the location of the children’s play area will address any potential concerns.

    We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing women and children fleeing violence and all members of our community, including individuals, families and seniors. This redevelopment is a direct response to the current needs of the community and a collaborative partnership that all parties see as a positive development for the community.

  • Will these have housing for physically challenged people also?

    ndoggett asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your message. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    These units are intended for women (including seniors and women with disabilities), and their children who are fleeing violence. RVCS will develop an application form that will include information on household members, including income and assets and may contact applicants for additional information.

  • This is a great idea and much needed for the community, very convenient being located right next to the police station and the clinic which services may also be needed at the same time in some cases. I haven’t seen the design but if they put parking in the back that would keep it private and out of the way. Also great if local support workers end up with a much improved workspace. Having a good workspace always helps with staff retention and in the end they will work end up with happier more productive employees that will then be able to give better support to those in need. It’s a win win. Build it before the funding dissipates!

    Andreas asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Privacy and safety are top priority and design elements at this location, such as fencing and the location of the entrance and parking will address any potential concerns. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • It is brilliant to see this project moving forward and fully support getting it to the finish line. The funding will not be around forever, this opportunity needs to be seized. Not having a safe place retreat to is preventing many to leave harmful situations. I fully support creating a safe space in this community. Thank you to all who have worked so hard to make this happen! Let’s get it done!

    JJ asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and place to live within their own communities. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • Not a question but concerns if this goes through. I do agree that a safe home for anyone, regardless of race, colour or sexual orientation. Everyone has a right to feel safe. However, next to the clinic right up front and center along the main thoroughfare into town is not the place to put a shelter. Shelters should be integrated within the community. On a street surrounded by families, away from the public eye. I would not feel safe if I were to stay in an area where everyone drives by. There are motels close by. Yes, RCMP station is only 2 buildings away, but it is not always being manned 24/7. Please don't take this the wrong way. Our members are wonderful people and they do a very thankless job, but I don't think that it would deter someone who would know where they could find their victim from trying to gain access. This piece of property should be kept for a carehome or hospice. As someone who served this community as a Paramedic for 17 years I witnessed many of our seniors being removed from the community to live out the rest of their lives away from their friends and loved ones. I have experienced this first hand as we had to move my dad to Jasper for his last days, and my husband's aunt just recently last winter. Please think of relocating a safe home to a better suited area. These are of course my own opinions and not of everyone in the community, but I really do think this should not be built in this area.

    Bela Janum asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message and the opportunity to clarify some information. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    The site for this project was chosen for many reasons. It is located centrally between the highway commercial area of the Village and the downtown core and has good proximity to services and amenities. There is a health centre next door and an RCMP detachment on the same block. The community playground and park and elementary school are within a block. Privacy and safety are top priority and design elements at this location, such as fencing and the location of the children’s play area will address any potential concerns.

    We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing women and children fleeing violence and all members of our community, including individuals, families and seniors. This redevelopment is a direct response to the current needs of the community and a collaborative partnership that all parties see as a positive development for the community.

  • Why was a site on the main commercial street in town decided upon to house multiple families with children? Imv it's inappropriate for children's well being given no play area and high occupancy lodging surrounding it. The Village has other more appropriate land which could be used.

    RitaR asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message. 

    The site for this project was chosen for many reasons. It is located centrally between the highway commercial area of the Village and the downtown core and has good proximity to services and amenities. There is a health centre next door and an RCMP detachment on the same block. The community playground and park and elementary school are within a block. Privacy and safety are top priority and design elements at this location, such as fencing and the location of the children’s play area will address any potential concerns.

    Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I’d like to express my wholehearted support of this project. I like the location and think it was chosen with care. I also truly believe that this will be such an amazing support resource for our community.

    Courtney Rupertus asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • This sounds like a great Idea for our town!

    Rebecca asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I fully support this plan and I think that it would be an excellent addition to the services provided by RVCS. I think that this town has a great community support network and with this option for housing it could be a safe haven for both local victims of domestic abuse and families fleeing violence in larger population centres.

    JC. asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • What guidelines do you follow when approving tenants?

    Jennmeag asked 10 days ago

    RVCS will develop an application form that will include information on household members, including income and assets and may contact applicants for additional information.

  • I am not sure what is happening but my comments and concerns have not shown up here. This location is not ideal for this project. At this time after comments back and forth on a different page I am told this is not a transitional house yet it is being supported by Women’s Transition Housing & Supports Program. This site is not an appropriate site for this type of housing. This is the main thoroughfare into the downtown core. It is a commercial area, close to motels, and a pub. From what it says on here I am understanding it to be for victims of abuse of any nature. Putting victims on the main street into town located next to motels and a pub is not an ideal area to be putting women and children. I have been told that it is affordable housing for victims of violence. There is a group working on affordable housing already so why would we need two different groups offering the same thing? Both groups could/ should get together then rather than working "against " each other. This is not a central location as it is next to the clinic but still a block away from groceries, pharmacies etc. If you want something close to amenities, then this is not the optimal location. I have lived in this community for 40+ years and worked in different sectors since I was 11 years old. I was a Paramedic serving this community for 17 years until an injury suffered 6 years ago. I have been in the homes of those who have been victims to violence and am not naive of what happens behind closed doors. I have offered my services to discuss a better suited site to house women, children and seniors. I have much to offer. Putting victims right on a main thoroughfare is not the solution. There are other avenues available to help with housing. I am quite confused by what I have read here on this site and by some of the comments/explanations I have been given at this time. There should be public input for a better solution. Would you want to raise your children next to a busy thoroughfare meant for commercial use, close to motels and a pub? I would not and I do not support this site as an appropriate and safe site. BC Housing

    Bela Janum asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your message and the opportunity to clarify some information. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    The site for this project was chosen for many reasons. It is located centrally between the highway commercial area of the Village and the downtown core and has good proximity to services and amenities. There is a health centre next door and an RCMP detachment on the same block. The community playground and park and elementary school are within a block. Privacy and safety are top priority and design elements at this location, such as fencing and the location of the children’s play area will address any potential concerns.

    We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing women and children fleeing violence - and all members of our community, including individuals, families and seniors. This redevelopment is a direct response to the current needs of the community and a collaborative partnership that all parties see as a positive development for the community.

  • too high profile a location .especially with women and children in crisis ...privacy and confidential services are required ..5th street is to high visible .

    bibo asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your message. 

    The site for this project was chosen for many reasons. It is located centrally between the highway commercial area of the Village and the downtown core and has good proximity to services and amenities. There is a health centre next door and an RCMP detachment on the same block. The community playground and park and elementary school are within a block. Privacy and safety are top priority and design elements at this location, such as fencing and the location of the children’s play area will address any potential concerns.

    Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • Will this project be funded through an additional property tax levy throughout the district?

    RPF asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your message and the opportunity to provide more information.

    BC Housing is providing capital and operating funding for the project through the Women’s Transitional Housing Fund. Project funding does not include municipal tax levies.

    Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • Will my comments be made public with my name in your report to village?

    Canoe asked 8 days ago

    Personal information, such as your name and contact information, contained in the report to the Village will not be made public. Any personal information unwittingly shared will be removed before forwarding to Council.

  • Is there a guarantee or written assurance that the proposed use will remain that and not turn into "low income" housing for anyone? This very thing has happened in McBride where the new housing for seniors near the hospital is now housing for pretty much anyone which is appalling. A private developer is now at least going to develop his own seniors development there without the taxpayers dollar. Our seniors who have contributed to society their whole lives should be given priority. Will there be a covenant on the property title restricting the permitted use? Will the front of the building face 5th Ave as is the case with every other building on 5th Ave? 5th Ave is the main corridor into the downtown core. It would be quite ridiculous to see the backside of this building facing 5th Ave. as tourists and residents drive into town. Also, how many stories will this building be? As a member of the local Fire Department, I can say that we do not have the capacity to perform a rescue to a 3rd story.

    Dean Schneider asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your message and the opportunity to clarify some information. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    The rezoning application is for 14 new units of affordable multi-family housing and office uses for women and children fleeing violence that would be leased long-term to BC Housing, if approved.

    Prior to project completion, the proponent will sign an Operator Agreement with BC Housing that will specify the required tenure of housing to be offered, including tenancy requirements. No covenant will be placed on title pertaining to the use of the land. The municipal zoning bylaw is relied on as the primary tool for designating the use of the land.

    At this stage, design concerns will be noted. They will be addressed as project design progresses and will be evaluated by Village Council and Administration at the next municipal approvals stage – the development permit.

  • Will you take single woman with a fixed income? I’ve already been registered with BC Housing for at least 2 years and waiting!!

    m guiltner asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your message. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    These units are intended for women (including seniors and women with disabilities), and their children who are fleeing violence. RVCS will develop an application form that will include information on household members, including income and assets and may contact applicants for additional information.

  • Will they house single woman with a fixed income

    m guiltner asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your message. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    These units are intended for women (including seniors and women with disabilities), and their children who are fleeing violence. RVCS will develop an application form that will include information on household members, including income and assets and may contact applicants for additional information.

  • How do you sign up for a place and do you take single woman?

    m guiltner asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your message. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    These units are intended for women (including seniors and women with disabilities), and their children who are fleeing violence. RVCS will develop an application form that will include information on household members, including income and assets and may contact applicants for additional information.

  • Great idea! Every other community I have lived in has this type of housing available! It’s not easy to get a fresh start and something like this helps so much! Good luck

    Ellen asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • My personal opinion on this project in Valemount because it seems so many are opposed to the location/have safety concerns. Is being on 5th ave right next to the clinic the worst spot in town? Where would be a more ideal location? It’s close to school, daycare, clinic, courthouse, corner markets, possibly employment and let’s not forget the actual RVCS office which would most likely offer support and outreach. Let’s not let something as little as location get in the way of a huge opportunity. Have you ever left a domestic violence situation with 2 small kids and no where to go? I have. And let me tell you if a centre like this was available for me 14 years ago I would have endured A LOT less trauma, had access to other women in my situation and wouldn’t have suffered alone. Valemount is small. If you are looking for someone hard enough you will find them, being on 5th ave makes you no more vulnerable than being on 9th, in fact I think the police station would act as a deterrent. My opinion. My experience. I value anyone individual or group that is striving to make a difference for those less privileged. If you have been affected or impacted by domestic violence and are needing affordable housing you would know that the ‘perceived’ danger of the location ( close to motels and traffic) is nothing in comparison to the actual danger that women and children live everyday. I think everyone that has commented on this platform and on Facebook, Or That has a general opinion should check their privilege, because bickering about location should really be the least of all concerns

    Amy Gehrig asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your message and for sharing your story with us. As you have mentioned, this site was chosen for many reasons, including it being close to the health clinic, the RCMP station school, park and playground, and other amenities.

    Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I feel very grateful and relieved to finally see a project like this in manifestation mode. Long time overdue and 30 years too late for when I needed this type of support. I wouldn't have stayed an extra 10 years in an abusive environment if I would have had a safe and affordable option for my children and I. During the past 20 years, I have sheltered women in my own home because I know what it feels like to be scared, vulnerable, intimidated, controlled, threatened, no extended family in town, no financial resources, no vehicle and NO 'friends' willing to get involved, because they too, would become a target. Thank you RVCS for publicly acknowledging the ever present domestic violence in this village and stepping up for change.

    LoveIsTheAnswer asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your message and for sharing your story. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and place to live within their own communities. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I would like to know why this proposal is planned for this location, between the village’s highest traffic core (5th Avenue) and designated truck route (6th Avenue), when the Village of Valemount owns so many other, more suitable and safe properties. I would like to know the statistics regarding the number of residents (now and projected) in need of this housing being dependent on proximity to the Heath Centre, compared to the number of residents (now and projected) in need of a long-term supported care facility that could be built there instead. Hopefully women and children escaping violent homes would need less medical care as time goes on; unfortunately, seniors most often need more. I would like to know if the Village of Valemount has examined and discussed all of its properties and all available properties for this project, and if they offer public access to village maps showing the publicly-owned properties; given how contentious this issue has become, residents might like the opportunity to offer feedback on a more suitable location for this building. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

    Kim Thorn asked 7 days ago

    Hello and thank you for your message. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing women and children fleeing violence - and all members of our community, including individuals, families and seniors. This redevelopment is a direct response to the current needs of the community and a collaborative partnership that all parties see as a positive development for the community.

    The RVCS is acutely aware of and focused on meeting the significant community need for affordable housing catering to vulnerable women and children who have experienced or are currently experiencing violence. It is supported in this endeavour by the Province’s Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, as well as the Village’s selection and proposed donation of the subject site. As such, the project team has not evaluated the need of its target client group against individuals in need of a long-term supported care facility.

    Details of the Village’s property selection process are not available to the project team leading the subject site rezoning, so we are unable to comment on other publicly-owned properties.

  • I was under the impression that there was a plan with the village to develop land near the high school as towards seniors housings. Is this proposal including seniors housing as there isn't as much need for just affected women and children to justify a separate project? I am in favour of both as I belief housing for both groups is important for the area. However as a person retiring soon, I would not like to live in an apartment style building that could possibly have some security issues or other social economic concerns. I am more in favour of a separate development for seniors. It is a shame that the taxpayers of the province have to support low income housing as the local employers are unwilling to provide living wages. I would hope that those employers who make profits from paying limited wages would have to pay a stipend or provide other funding into these types of projects as they are the ones profiting the most. Lets face it living in a small rural area is more expensive and those who make minimum wage cannot truly afford to live here. We all have to travel outside the community for many regular services and the cost of living here is higher overall. If the employers paid a more realistic wage then the taxpayer would not have to support these issues!

    Taxpayer asked 7 days ago

    Hello and thank you for your message. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing women and children fleeing violence - and all members of our community, including individuals, families and seniors. This redevelopment is a direct response to the current needs of the community and a collaborative partnership that all parties see as a positive development for the community

  • No question, just thank you! As someone who lost my job this winter and haven’t been able to replace it I can’t imagine what stress and fear and pain families must be experiencing not only now but all the time. I remember my parents struggling to put food on the table at times when I was a kid and I remember always being afraid that our home would be taken out from under us. I can’t count how many times I fearfully asked my mother if we were on welfare and the pained look she’d give me bc they were barely holding on. They always made it work but heaven forbid they couldn’t a project like this would have literally saved us. We didn’t have family or many friends to fall back on in that community and were very isolated in a thousand ways. Location, honestly, is the least of anyone’s worries in a situation like this. Shelter and safety is whats important and this will provide that. Thank you so much for all the work you do RVSS. It really is warrior work and not for the faint of heart. I understand people concerns about this taking from other projects but I hope that if you open your minds, hearts, and perspectives you’ll see that one does not take away from the other. I’m guessing that the community pulling off a project like this will only reflect well for receiving future funds for projects like senior housing and hospitals. I love the idea that minds lacking intelligence see problems everywhere while brilliant minds see solutions. Let’s find the solutions and move forward in unity and appreciation for the opportunity were being offered.

    JennM asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and for your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that all members of our community have a safe, stable and affordable home. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • One mans thoughts on the housing project for Valemount. Is Valemount in a position to say no to Affordable Housing for Women and Children? That is really the only question here. Not, is this the right location? The project is now at the stage where it is here or not here. Multi million build to support women and children. We as a community can say yes please or no thank you. The location isn’t really an option at this point. Why I think it’s time to say YES from a male, spouse, father, and community members perspective. As a man in community why would I care, right? There would be no accommodation available to me anyway. There would however be job opportunities during the build phase and long into the future with maintenance and staffing. There is also the peace of mind knowing that we as a caring community are trying to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society. This site in question is not perfect. How could it be? It is however; Available, and we need to simply start somewhere. Valemount has a CAO and planning department. It is their job to plan for the future of Valemount and we as a community have entrusted them with the responsibility. Why this matters to me on a personal level. I was raised in a similar community to Valemount in Northwestern Ontario until the age of 13. I lived privilege. Working Father and stay at home Mother. Always owned a home and had plenty to live comfortably. My family made a move to a city a couple hours away for a work opportunity that fell apart within a short time. I watched as my parents tried their best to maintain our lifestyle but eventually it slipped beyond reach. We were forced to move to a low-income neighbourhood that was basically the “projects”. I was mugged for my pocket change shortly after moving in and suddenly met the reality that not all people have good intentions and life for some means stealing a youth’s money to get by. We eventually managed to gain access to a safer low-income housing complex where my mother had lived until this year (2020) when she moved in with a family member. She raised my two brothers in that home, and without that facility would likely have lost the ability to raise my family members the way intended. She was far from wealthy or privileged but was safe and comfortable within reason. I am thankful to this day to have had access to quality affordable housing and am positive there is a demand in Valemount for the same. Valemount… Would you like to see a modern build that will safeguard and support the most vulnerable in our community? I WOULD!!

    Shawn asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and for your support of this project. We fully agree with how important it is that all members of our community have a safe, stable and affordable home. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I am thankful there are people who are putting their energy behind a project like this. I a community is only as strong as it’s most vunerable. And this will help fill that need.the children are the future. There is a saying it takes a community to raise a child. So I agree with getting behind this project

    Sharon asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable place to live within their own communities. When the most vulnerable among us are given opportunities to thrive, we all benefit. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • i feel this is a worth while project, i am in full support of this housing.

    DM asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I agree with this proposal completely!!! It is a perfectly fine location as we are fortunate to even have a spot to put it! This project is very essential for our community. Without housing we cannot progress as we do not have enough people to help build our community to it fullest potential. If we build housing people can move here and we can employ them and build more infrastructure. It's pretty simple. If we build it they will come. Great work everyone I sincerely appreciate your hard work with this project. Don't get discouraged with all the arguments keep pushing for this we need it desperately.

    Charise asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable place to live within their own communities. When the most vulnerable among us are given opportunities to thrive, we all benefit. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I for one thank you for yours and your cohorts hard work to get this project to the point it is at. Not an easy feat in such strange times. I understand that you did not get to pick the location, so you will make the best of what you have been offered. I don’t see any negatives to this location. If the children are young then it is the responsibility of their caregiver to supervise them, ensuring their safety. For many years our high school was located on 5th ave the main door was on 6th, many of us sent our children to this school daily and never gave it a second thought about if it was a safe location. To the person that mentioned about people taking people in, we are a small town so yes I think people will willing take in people in need. This opens a new kettle of fish, ensuring the homes are safe, people’s privacy are kept intact. Our family took in a young girl, she was in an unsafe situation and needed to know she was safe to lay her head down at night. We gladly could offered her that, till she was ready she moved on. At the time she didn’t want to leave Valemount, or her friends and family. When you are afraid, that is not a good time for most people to move and start a fresh, they need support. I am not opposed to any other housing to be built in Valemount. I am not opposed to groups working together to realize a common goal, but I think this project is past that point. This project has been approved, and funding in place, we need to take advantage of this project now. If we don’t move forward on this project, the opportunity may not come again.

    Gruff’s Wife asked 6 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable place to live within their own communities. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I think every village/town/city needs such housing options. I love this is happening here. Kat

    Kat asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • This would be a piece of the integral puzzle, for valemount being able to support its most vulnerable demographic. I love this community, but I see the gaps, and affordable safe housing is a big one. This project would give the opportunity to provide full wrap around service. I want to see valemount grow and thrive, and how we support our local community is more instrumental in the success, than promoting tourism. Partnership between the village and rvcs is pivotal in this being a success. There needs to be true support between these two agencies for this community to truly thrive.

    Isla asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable place to live within their own communities. When the most vulnerable among us are given opportunities to thrive, we all benefit. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • This is such a welcome sight for Valemount. What an amazing project!

    Kelsey asked 13 days ago

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  • This sounds like an amazing resource to have in the community. This is an important cause that will benefit many community members and provide a safe place for many people who currently do not have that, or the resources themselves to obtain a safe place for themselves and their children. Having on site-supports is huge and will assist in improving the quality of life and level of independence for so many individuals.

    Justine Reiter asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable home within their own communities.  Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I am in massive support of this project and think the location is perfect. I have faith that RVCS is the perfect proponent to deliver this service and provide this specific support in our community. The timing is pertinent, we are in desperate need of safe and affordable housing for women and any of their dependents that want to live in safety but don't want to leave the valley. I am also excited about to opportunity this could provide to local construction contractors and trades people. Thank you for this opportunity to share.

    Donnie asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable home within their own communities.  We will make sure to pass your comment along to RVCS! Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I'm in support of this project for two main reasons: One is that this project can put money back into town by giving local contractors the opportunity to bid on it. The other (more important one) is that I support helping women and children transition into safer environments

    Slachary asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I support the permanent affordable housing for women and children at risk of or affected by violence in Valemount.

    Dustin W. asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • Valemount, and any community for that matter will always have a need for these types of homes. By not having this option we risk leaving people in dangerous situations. This shouldnt require much convincing from my end as it is more of a common sense thing. All communities need this option. Growing up I lived in two of these types of home with my mother. Without such an option my mother could have ended up dead as the man knew no boundaries. At 9 months pregnant with my twin brothers he put her in a headlock and beat her senseless while I watched (4 years old). When he was arrested (only for 6 months!) we took off to a home such as this who helped us escape and find a new life in a community an hour away. I have a books worth of examples why this is a necessity but I truly don’t feel any good spirited person would need convincing as to why Valemount needs such a place.

    Twh asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and for sharing your story. We recognize just how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable place to call home. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I am so grateful for the folks who have put so much work into this proposal. Safety, affordability, long term security is exactly what 'home' means to us all. Countless studies and common sense prove that children thrive in the security of a home where Mom feels safe and financially confident. As a community we must provide homes and incentives for women and children, the most vulnerable. This is our communities civic duty to protect the vulnerable. The sooner the better. Thank you Debby Ladouceur

    Debby asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable home within their own communities. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I am so grateful for the folks who have put so much work into this proposal. Safety, affordability, long term security is exactly what 'home' means to us all. Countless studies and common sense prove that children thrive in the security of a home where Mom feels safe and financially confident. As a community we must provide homes and incentives for women and children, the most vulnerable. This is our communities civic duty to protect the vulnerable. The sooner the better. Thank you Debby Ladouceur

    Debby asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable home within their own communities. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • How will take applications for these facilities when the structure is ready?

    Dee Jewett asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your question. RVCS will develop an application form that will include information on household members, including income and assets and may contact applicants for additional information.

  • Very proud of our local community group Robson Valley Community Services and BC Housing for working towards this initiative. Rural BC often gets left behind or lost in the big picture. This project will provide valuable resources to our small community and to the vulnerable peoples it aims to support.

    Curtis asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We will make sure to pass your comment along to RVCS! Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • This is a wonderful project that will help with barriers faced by women and children, great work valemount! So excited to see this go forward and interested in the implementation process.

    Niccam asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We are excited to see this go forward too!  Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I support this affordable housing project. I believe it will add a major benefit to many members of this community.

    Meg Aspey asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I think that this is a great project for the community of Valemount! I support this project for a couple reasons. 1) As an educator the benefits of having a safe and inviting home for families at risk is instrumental in their success at school. Not having to worry about what they might be walking into when their school day is over, allows them to fully engage in lessons at school and also know that they will have supports when they are home (office spaces being provided). 2) On a more personal level, I have seen these establishments help my own mom turn her life around. Without the support of organizations like RVCS I am not sure my mom would have gotten back on her feet as fast as she has. This project has my full support and I look forward to seeing it go up!

    NHannah asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and for sharing your perspective. We recognize just how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable place to live and what a positive impact it can have on children’s emotional and intellectual wellbeing. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I believe that safe and affordable housing is needed in all communities, otherwise the woman and children could be forced to go back to the abusive situations that they ran from. Children and woman need to be safe from further abusive situations. Being a woman who ran from an abusive ex partner I know how scary it can be to escape, lucky for myself I had family to run to but not all woman and or children have that support and therefore need the community to step up.

    Kat asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and for sharing your story. We recognize just how important it is that women and children fleeing violence have a safe, stable and affordable place to live within their own communities. This is especially important in situations where they may not have other support systems in place. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I don’t have a question, I just want to say I strongly support this endeavor. I feel this is a much needed service in Valemount. I feel that when people have life issues, it is better in general to keep people close to home where they often have friends and families to help them. Much harder for people to be in crisis and to have to move away from family and friends. I think in some cases it is better for a person to leave the community, I am sure this needs to be decided on a case by case situation. Valemount needs to have theses services.

    ABC&123 asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable home within their own communities. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I think that a project like this is long overdue in our community! For women and children at risk, having a safe and affordable escape is not always possible, sometimes forcing them to stay in dangerous situations. This project is going to help make our community stronger, safer, and healthier. Considering all of the amazing new projects that RVCS has been taking on the last couple of years, I know that they are going to create a place that will benefit the people that they are tasked with helping every day. These are the people who understand best what our most vulnerable community members need to thrive and I fully support this project

    Tanya R asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We fully agree on how important it is that women and children have a safe, stable and affordable place to live within their own communities. When the most vulnerable among us are given opportunities to thrive, we all benefit. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • I think this is a wonderful idea and support the rezoning application, which would allow the project to move forward. It can start supporting women and children to safely stay in community as they transition to safety.

    Karen asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. It is very important that women and children have access to safe, stable and affordable housing within their own communities. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • Here in Valemount, we have a high tourist population both in the summer and winter months. As a direct result of this, most of our locals are working in minimum wage hospitality jobs and for the average person, it is not a sustainable amount of money. Unfortunately, the average price for a one or two bedroom home is anywhere between 1000-1400 dollars. This leaves little to no room for extra expenses for people working 40 hours a week at minimum wage, not to mention when tourism is low, and they may not be meeting the full 40 hours a week. Poverty isn't going away. Our low income families are here and they need our support. Do you want our village to be a place where people from many walks of life can find a home? I DO!

    Cat C asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message. We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing women and children fleeing violence and all members of our community, including individuals, families and seniors. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • This is a poor location for this project. It is in a commercial area and is an unsafe area to house children who, as they walk back and forth or play outside, would be exposed to the out-of-town people staying in the nearby hotels. The choice of where housing is located should not be determined by where the agency would like to have their offices. The Village owns other properties that would be more suitable for long-term housing for women and children, where children could safely play outdoors as is normal in our small community. This location would be a better suited for an Assisted Living or Long Term Care Home for Seniors and should be kept by the Village and designated for that purpose in a long-term plan. Thanks for the opportunity to provide input.

    Wendy Dyson asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and the opportunity to clarify some information. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

    The site for this project was chosen for many reasons, including that it is located centrally between the highway commercial area of the Village and the downtown core along the main street of Valemount. It has good proximity to services and amenities and there is a health centre next door and an RCMP detachment on the same block. The community playground and park and elementary school are within a block. Children’s safety is top priority and design elements at this location, such as fencing and the location of the children’s play area will address any potential concerns.

    This redevelopment is a direct response to the current needs of the community and a collaborative partnership that all parties see as a positive development for the community.

  • As a policed based victim service worker with coverage spanning the Robson Valley from the Alberta border to Albreda to Dome Creek, it goes without saying within the scope of the role, awareness to the effects of gender based violence is forefront. Gender based violence encompasses both community members and people who pass through our communities and oftentimes more than not, a woman may not have anywhere to go with her children, let alone look after herself during threat of violence. Lack of shelter, or adequate space or special accommodations, resources, services and the access to, are all life risking challenges a woman and her children may face when fleeing violence. We, as a community, have the opportunity to provide a location, that can meet the increasing need for such services and provisions. Vulnerable people, including our children and elders are constantly put at risk when there is violence in the home. Children have a right to be safe. So should our elders. So should women. Safe from intimate partner violence, or whomever the abuser is. Supporting these people, in fostering the new beginnings of independence, in guiding them to draw on their strengths, while helping them remain as safe as possible no matter the situation, starts with THIS. It starts with a safe bed, a new lock, resources and help close by. It starts by learning they don't have to be afraid of the dark. It starts with caring, knowledgeable staff and workers that dedicate their lives to invoking societal change and to those people that are unfortunately under threat of violence in their lives. A safe place includes psychological safety and freedom of fear. Being able to reside in a space created to recover from trauma increases the success towards independence and a new way of life. I for one, want to work and reside in communities that honor the need for this level of support and inclusion and fully support the very real, and unfortunate acknowledgement that times have not changed enough yet that projects like this are not a definable goal of our direct futures.

    Sara Olofsson asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. Your perspective is appreciated and noted.

    We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing for women and children in our community. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • Not a question, just wanted to say how much I support this in our community and to see the city taking steps towards a safe environment for women and children in unfortunate situations is beautiful. More of this in the work please!

    AKR asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing for women and children in our community. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.

  • Of course it's a great idea! One of the best books in my architectural library is : "Housing as of People Mattered" by Marcus & Sarkissian. Classic Design Guidelines for medium density family housing.

    Russ asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your message and your support of this project. We are working hard with our partners to provide much needed safe, stable and affordable long-term housing for women and children in our community. Your input has been noted and will be included in a report to Village Council as part of the municipal rezoning process.