Photo courtesy City of Richmond
The people of Richmond have won big time with the Storeys Building.
The first win is an award from the Canadian Institute of Planners.
The institute cited the building, “For the collaborative commitment and a unique application of municipal planning policy to make affordable housing a reality in Richmond. The project was winner of the 2018 Award for Planning Excellence in the category of Social Planning.”
Besides this national award, the second big win is for the people of Richmond when it comes to the cooperation that led to affordable housing and support services.
According to city spokesperson, Ted Townsend, “In addition to rental units, Storeys provides critical supportive services, programming and administrative space to further support tenants in achieving housing stability and life skills. The combination of partners and supportive services will allow a variety of vulnerable groups to be served, including low-income families and seniors, and individuals with mental health and addictions issues.”
Located at 8111 Granville Avenue near our city centre, it took three levels of government and a collection of five community groups, Coast Mental Health, Pathways Clubhouse, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Tikva Housing Society and Turning Point Recovery Society, cooperating to achieve this common goal. The Storeys building is a testament to a community that works together to care for the people who need care the most.
“The City of Richmond acknowledges that an appropriate mix of housing types for a variety of households is essential to creating a liveable and inclusive community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Storeys is a best practice example of the City’s innovative affordable housing policies in practice to provide necessary housing for vulnerable residents in our community.”