Vernon councillors approved a rezoning application that will see the derelict Howard House shelter demolished and replaced by a new build that will add more than 50 units of supportive housing for those experiencing homelessness.
City councillors voted unanimously to add ‘group home’ to the zoning text following the Sept. 14 public hearing that saw no opposition from residents neighbouring the 43rd Street site.
The 2307 43rd St. development, purchased by BC Housing, is connected to Our Place, a 46-bed supportive housing building that Turning Points Collaborative Society (TPCS) has operated since March 2019.
“When people have housing and supports that meet their needs, it’s good for everyone in the community,” Housing Minister Selina Robinson said in a July statement.
“Access to safe and secure housing gives people the stability and dignity they deserve, while wraparound supports help them to move forward, make healthy choices and build a better life.”
BC Housing will lead the construction of the development and the day-to-day operations will be managed by TPCS.