SMITHERS - People experiencing homelessness in Smithers will soon have a place to call home. Goodacre Place, a 24-unit apartment building, located at 3896 Railway Avenue, is welcoming residents starting in March.
"We have people in the community that have been living day-to-day without the security and the source of strength that a home provides," said Doug Donaldson, MLA for Stikine. "Through our partnership with the Town of Smithers, I am thrilled that is about to change for people who have been experiencing homelessness - people who will now have the dignity of a roof, a door, a bed, a washroom, a kitchen and the support services they need."
With monthly rent at $375, it provides services for people with developmental disabilities, parenting programs, youth programs, public transit systems and family housing in the community.
The new homes will be available to people currently using space at the shelter on Broadway Avenue.
"Smithers Community Services Association is pleased to be part of this landmark project, first envisioned by the Smithers Action Group over a decade ago," said Cathryn Olmstead, executive director, Smithers Community Services Association. "We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of community support and encouragement, and are committed to ensuring this project will contribute to the quality of life of all members of the community."
Under the Building BC: Rapid Response to Homelessness program, the project offers residents around-the-clock services including meal programs, life and employment skills training, health and wellness support services, and opportunities for volunteer work.
The Province provided $6.1 million in funding along with annual operation and support service subsidy for Goodacre Place.
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