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Supportive Housing Opening in North Cowichan on Monday

North Cowichan is opening supportive housing for those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness in the community.

Residents start moving in Monday to the building on Paddle Road – which is just off of Drinkwater road, near the Walmart plaza.

It’s a four storey building with 52 units that’s operated by Lookout Housing and Health Society. They’ll provide on-site staffing and support services. Those services include health and wellness supports, employment skills training, and opportunities for volunteer work. They’ll also have access to meal programs.

Each unit is a studio home, entirely self-contained each with a kitchenette and washroom. Four of the units are designed for those with accessibility needs. The building also has storage, laundry, and other communal areas.

Mayor Al Siebring says he’s been a strong proponent of this kind of project for a long time.

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“This housing is very much needed in North Cowichan,” says Siebring. “And I am pleased to know 52 people will now have a safe, secure, supported and permanent roof over their heads.”

Another building of supportive housing is under construction now on White Road and expected to open early next year. It’s part of a commitment from BC Housing, the Municipality of North Cowichan, and the City of Duncan to build 100 new supportive housing units.

 

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