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New supportive homes coming for people in need in Quesnel

Supportive homes are on the way for people experiencing homelessness in Quesnel as construction begins on a new supportive housing project in the community.

“Supportive housing has a powerful impact on the people who call it home and supports the overall health of the community,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in a news release. “These homes are more than a roof and a bed. We’re proud to work with community partners to provide a new start for people experiencing homelessness.”

The 32 new supportive homes in the three-storey building will be self-contained, with private bathrooms and kitchens.

The Quesnel Shelter & Support Society will provide 24-hour service to help residents transition to independence and recovery through life and social skills training, and access to community services and support groups. Residents will also have a meal program with a community kitchen and activities that include cultural programming.

“Everyone needs a home,” said Mel McDonald, executive director of the Quesnel Shelter & Support Society. “We’re proud to help create safe, supportive homes for our community’s most vulnerable. It’s amazing to see how lives can change for the better with a safe place to stay, regular meals and wellness support.”

Four of the homes will be support recovery units, funded and managed by Northern Health. Support services will be provided to residents with addiction issues who have either completed a primary withdrawal management program, are waiting for treatment or are ready to integrate back to the community.

“There is a critical need for supportive housing in Quesnel,” said Bob Simpson, mayor, City of Quesnel. “This project will provide homes and supportive services to the people in our community who need it.”

Construction is expected to be complete by July 2020.