Supportive housing facility may expand

BC Housing says "low-barrier" building may add more beds

An artist's rendering of the planned supportive housing building.

An artist's rendering of the planned supportive housing building.

by Laura Rodgers, Abbotsford News

A “low-barrier” supportive housing facility on Gladys Avenue and George Ferguson Way may expand beyond the initially planned 20 beds, according to BC Housing, the Crown corporation funding the project.

The building is a partnership between BC Housing, the City of Abbotsford and Abbotsford Community Services. Katherine Treloar, spokesperson for the City of Abbotsford, said the city would support more beds being added.

The project will provide housing and services for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It will not require occupants to fully abstain from drugs and alcohol, although these substances will not be allowed inside.

The project was initially planned to open in 2016, but that has now been delayed to mid-2017 or later.

BC Housing has issued a letter of intent to a preferred contractor for the project.