The sun was beaming through the windows today, as officials celebrated the opening of Q’waxsem Place in Campbell River.

Construction has finished on the 50-unit supportive housing development. It will provide homes with 24/7 support for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Located at 580 Dogwood Street, the building will be managed by Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS).

It will offer on-site support services to residents, with access to life-skills training, employment assistance and counselling, physical and mental health resources, as well as addiction recovery services.

“As an organization, we have seen a significant need for long-term supportive housing in this community, and we feel fortunate that the Province and city have recognized and supported this project,” says VIMHS executive director Taryn O’Flanagan.

Along with providing supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in the community, Q’waxsem Place will house people from the 20-bed temporary bridge housing program at the former Rose Bowl Restaurant.

Residents will start moving into the building within the next few weeks.

The Province provided around $10.4 million in construction and financing costs for the project through the Supportive Housing Fund and will provide approximately $962,000 in annual operating funding.

The City of Campbell River provided the land on a long-term lease arrangement, as well as approximately $550,000 in equity contributions and waivers.

Vista Radio got an exclusive inside look at Q’waxsem Place. Check out the photos below: