South End Community Association in ongoing talks with BC Housing and City of Nanaimo over supportive housing in south end

Photo of Samaritan House in Nanaimo.
Samaritan House will be relocated with the current site to be demolished for future supportive housing / via Island Crisis Care Society Website
Lisa Cordasco - - NanaimoBC | 01-09-2020
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South End Community Association of Nanaimo seeks to work with BC Housing, City of Nanaimo, and RCMP in regards to announced supported housing

South end residents are taking steps to ensure they can peacefully co-exist with two recently announced supportive housing projects. The province intends to build space and provide support for more than 100 hard to house people at two locations on Nicol Street. The chair of the South End Community Association says tomorrow night's meeting will update ongoing talks with BC Housing, the city and social services. Sydney Robertson says her community could be a model for how neighbourhoods and governments can resolve social housing issues before they become problems.

"Southenders are really good at making the best of things. We're compassionate but we're not naive. We want to talk about the nitty gritty details that will hopefully help these buildings to integrate into the neighbourhood and not overwhelm their neighbours."—Sydney Robertson, Chair of the South End Community Association.

Robertson says her group wants a seat on the project's Community Advisory Council, made up of BC Housing, the city, the RCMP, Island Health and the service provider. She says some residents have also volunteered to help design a site plan that will discourage crime and social disorder. The group also wants to find a way to ensure future social housing projects are dispersed throughout the city.

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