749 School Road – Supportive Housing Project

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Read or download the Gibsons Supportive Housing Project Fact Sheet

Find the answers to some of your most Frequently Asked Questions here

Direct questions and comments by email to communityrelations@bchousing.org
or join the online discussion at https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/Gibsons

Feedback received by April 10 will be included in a preliminary summary report provided to the Town of Gibsons as part of the application for zoning bylaw and official community plan amendments.

Project Status

The Government of Canada has transferred the property at 739-749 School Road to the Town of Gibsons, with the condition that the land be used to develop 40 permanent homes with supports for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Under the proposed plan, the land would be owned by the Town of Gibsons and leased to BC Housing, who would provide the funding to build and operate the housing. The housing would be managed by RainCity Housing.

This plan recognizes the increasing need for affordable housing and the increase in number of people without homes or precariously housed in our community.

Read the Press Release about the announcement here: First step toward supportive housing announced in Gibsons

Learn more about the project: https://www.bchousing.org/gibsons

Learn more about supportive housing: https://www.bchousing.org/partner-services/public-engagement/supportive-housing-in-community

Next Steps

739-749 School Road requires a Zoning bylaw amendment of Official Community Plan amendment before supportive housing can be developed. BC Housing will lead this application in the coming months, with a goal of starting construction in fall 2019, with occupancy by spring 2020.

This application is in the preliminary phase of planning. The community will be invited to learn more about what supportive housing is, why it is needed in Gibsons, and to view preliminary design concepts so that input can inform the application.

Participate in a Community Discussion – April 3rd and 4th
(Registration for these events is now closed)

The community discussions provide an opportunity to learn more about the vision for supportive housing on School Road, including operations and preliminary design considerations. There will be a presentation, followed by a facilitated discussion with other participants, including representatives from BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Town of Gibsons and RainCity Housing. There will be an opportunity to provide input to inform the direction of the application to rezone the site.

Advance registration is required. Please choose from one of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 3rd from 1:00 – 2:30pm, or
  • Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:00 – 7:30pm, or
  • Thursday, April 4th from 9:30 – 11:00am, or
  • Thursday, April 4th from 5:30 – 7:00pm

To register, please email communityrelations@bchousing.org with your first and second choices by March 29. The meeting location and your registration will be confirmed by April 1.

Project History

In spring 2018, Council applied under the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative for the acquisition and use of this property, in order to pursue a vision for transitional/supportive housing at the site.

For more information about the application, please read this Memo to Council re SFRPHI dated March 14, 2018.

Staff Reports

03-07-2017: Old RCMP Site
10-17-2017: Old RCMP site
10-17-2017: Summary of Council Recommendations