Communities need to be included.
What is going on with 1909 Prosser in Central Saanich?
Lack of Infrastructure to Support High Acuity People
Muting Community Voices
"And to suggest that we would just show up and say, “Here’s exactly going to happen. Sorry, we’re going to engage, but we’ve already made the decisions,” would be problematic."
More Support for Local At-Risk Residents
BC Housing plans to build a 50 unit affordable housing complex for families on the same property next to a facility that could potentially house high-acuity people. Residents believe that a more family-focused approach to the 39 unit supportive housing building is a better long-term solution.
Saftey of Tenants and the Community
"...there is not enough oversight at the facility, where tenants use substances while unsupervised in their rooms and no one checks on them, sometimes for days at a time." - Kirsten Patrick and Floyd Hyzims, Smithers BC
"What BC Housing has planned for 1909 Prosser has been done without community input and does not factor in the safety of the hundreds of families and the elderly that live in the area and frequent Centennial and Blossom Park. What was proposed on this site was low-income supportive rental housing for families which is not what is being built. We request that the current plan be aligned to what would work in this area, what will make the best use of the entire project including the 2-bedroom units, and considers the family-focused affordable housing complex being built right next to 1909 Prosser. "
~ Steve, Blossom Park Resident
source: BC Housing
TheThe proposed development includes a 39 unit adult-only facility that caters to homeless individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues and a 50 unit family focused building to follow. The project is being fast tracked to meet funding deadlines.