FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 16, 2020 – Phoenix Society is pleased that 38 new supportive homes are opening in Surrey this month for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the community, and looks forward to construction starting on 40 additional homes.
Fraserside Community Services Society will operate the 38 studio units at Peterson Place (13425 King George Blvd.) beginning on Dec. 21.
Phoenix Society will run the forthcoming site, the Newton Supportive Housing project, at 13620 80th Ave. (rendering pictured above). Construction is set to begin on this facility in early 2021, with opening anticipated next summer.
“These projects are an important step in advancing the continuum of care for those experiencing homelessness and will provide residents with many of the supports they need to move forward with their lives,” said Keir Macdonald, CEO of Phoenix Society.
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Both projects are part of a commitment between the Province and the City of Surrey to deliver 250 permanent supportive modular homes in the community. Construction on 61 supportive homes at 14706 104 Ave. in Surrey is also underway.
“These new homes are part of our ongoing work to make sure people have housing and the supports they need,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “We will continue to work with the City of Surrey and community partners to move more people into places they can call home.”
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum said he is “proud of how this project came together, particularly through this time of the pandemic, to deliver safe and secure housing for our city’s most vulnerable residents at a time when it is needed more than ever.”
“With a strong commitment to ending homelessness, we will now press forward with the same sense of urgency to deliver an additional 40 supportive homes in Newton, with construction beginning next month. I thank all of our partners who have worked together to make these projects a reality,” added McCallum.
More details on the Newton project: letstalkhousingbc.ca/newton.
- The Province provided $11.3 million for Peterson Place as part of the Homelessness Action Plan and will provide annual operating funding of $732,000.
- For the project at 13620 80 Ave., the Province is providing $10.3 million as part of the Rapid Response to Homelessness program and will provide $1.2 million in annual operating funding.
Since 1989, Phoenix Society has grown from an idea, to its first recovery programs and is now a multi-faceted, integrated service provider that offers a variety of programs and support services, helping residents and program participants achieve positive outcomes in their lives.
A key purpose of the Surrey-based Society is to provide housing and support services for people at multiple entry points on the continuum; we develop community-based projects that meet people where they are at, helping participants exit the cycle of addiction and homelessness and are regarded as having amongst the best outcomes in British Columbia.
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