Photo courtesy City of Richmond
Everyone deserves a place to call home.
Recognizing this, BC Housing and the City of Richmond have joined forces in an ongoing effort to address local affordable housing needs.
A community information session will be held Thursday, May 10 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, 6911 No. 3 Rd. for the 40 new rental homes, with 24-hour, seven-day-a-week support services, proposed at 7300 Elmbridge Way. The three-storey modular housing building will address the immediate needs of vulnerable people in the community struggling to find a stable place to live.
Since the proposed supportive rental home project was introduced in February 2018, the city has received public feedback with a variety of perspectives. The city has engaged through a survey on LetsTalkRichmond.ca, one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders, a community information meeting this past Feb. 28, and nine facilitated community forums in April.
While not a public hearing (there will be no voting or opportunity to delegate to council), the May 10 information session will provide an additional opportunity for community members to learn more about homelessness in Richmond and the proposed supportive housing on Elmbridge Way. The session will be a drop-in style meeting with information boards. Staff from the City of Richmond, BC Housing, and RainCity Housing will be in attendance to answer any questions. To meet expressed needs of the community, interpreters for Mandarin and Cantonese will be also be available to assist with conversations, and the information boards will be translated into Chinese.
Residents will have an opportunity to delegate at a council meeting at a later date, before a decision regarding the proposal is made. This opportunity will be advertised.
Anyone that is not able to attend is encouraged to review proposal materials on the City’s website.
Richmond introduced an Affordable Housing Strategy in March 2018. The proposed housing on Elmbridge Way will provide homes to vulnerable populations, including persons with mental health and addiction issues.