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.
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.
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.
Current temporary shelter
Since fall 2020, a temporary shelter has been permitted at Old Hardy View Lodge at 2320 78th Avenue. Council has approved the extension of the temporary use permit (TUP) by BC Housing to continue operating the shelter until March 31, 2022, in order to provide an opportunity to review and consider a permanent shelter and supportive housing site.
This shelter ensures people have a safe and warm place to sleep. 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.
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.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-442-8266
Councillor Everett Baker, Council/BC Housing liaison, email@example.com