Grand Forks Housing

Grand Forks Housing

Temporary shelter and supportive housing in Grand Forks.

What is happening

During spring 2021, Grand Forks Council and staff are beginning work with BC Housing on identifying long-term solutions to house people in the community who are experiencing homelessness.

Grand Forks Housing Info Bulletin (March 26, 2021)

Background information

People living with homelessness is an issue that is widespread throughout B.C., and across Canada. Many different factors have exasperated the problem for those struggling to find suitable, adequate, and reasonably priced accommodation. There are a number of people within Grand Forks’ municipal boundaries that are experiencing homelessness.

Boundary Family Services Vulnerable Populations Point in Time (PIT) Count (August 2020)

Future supportive housing and emergency shelter

BC Housing has expressed interest in creating permanent supportive housing and an emergency shelter in Grand Forks. A potential site currently under consideration is a city-owned property known as the ‘Motocross site,’ located on Morrissey Creek Road on the eastern municipal boundary. BC Housing is working with the City of Grand Forks on the suitability and feasibility of this site for future supportive housing and emergency shelter services. Over the coming weeks, site evaluation work will be taking place, including a review of site service and access.

March 19, 2021 letter from BC Attorney General

BC Housing Community Benefits Supportive Housing Information

Current temporary shelter

Over this past winter (2020-2021), a temporary shelter has been permitted at Old Hardy View Lodge at 2320 78th Avenue. This shelter ensures people have a safe and warm place to sleep during cold winter months. The temporary shelter is operated by Boundary Family Services, and managed by on-site staff. During the 2020-2021 winter season, the service provided shelter to as many as 15 people each night.

BC Housing has submitted a Temporary Use Permit to the City of Grand Forks to request the shelter remain open until March 31, 2022. This timeline would provide an opportunity to review and consider a permanent shelter and supportive housing site. Council will be considering this request at the April 12 Council meeting.

Temporary Use Permit (TUP) application NOTICE OF PROPOSED TEMPORARY USE PERMIT

Moving forward

Grand Forks Council, as well as BC Housing, have committed to a transparent and open engagement process with the community. Although Council is cautiously optimistic regarding the viability of the Motocross site property, no decisions have been made. If the City and BC Housing determine this site will work, there will be an opportunity for residents to learn more and provide feedback. A community survey on shelter and supportive housing options, originally considered for this spring, has been cancelled while details and the viability of the Motocross site are better understood.

More Resources

BC Housing Homelessness Service & Program
Homelessness Services & Programs (bchousing.org)

BC Housing Supportive Housing
Housing with Support (bchousing.org)

RDKB Housing Needs Report (on our website)
2020 – RDKB Housing Needs Report (grandforks.ca)

General contact information:

info@grandforks.ca or call 250-442-8266

Media contact:

Councillor Everett Baker, Council/BC Housing liaison, ebaker@grandforks.ca