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INSIDE LOOK: Campbell River’s new supportive housing facility celebrates opening

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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.

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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:

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