Special Council Meeting scheduled on proposed new homes for vulnerable people
10 May 2018
A Special Council Meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 in City Hall Council Chambers regarding the proposed 40 new rental homes with 24/7 support services at 7300 Elmbridge Way. This supportive housing will address the immediate needs of vulnerable people in the community struggling to find a stable place to live.
The City is committed to working closely with the local community to identify priorities and obtain feedback. Since the announcement of the proposed supportive rental homes in February 2018, the City has received public feedback with a variety of perspectives. To date, the City has engaged with the public through a survey on LetsTalkRichmond.ca, one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders, two community information meetings on February 28 and May 10, and nine facilitated community forums in April. All public feedback received to date has been communicated to Council for consideration.
Following a short presentation from staff, the Special Council Meeting will provide members of the public with an opportunity to delegate to Council. Those wishing to speak to Council are encouraged to register prior to the meeting. A speakers list will be available starting at 6 p.m. outside Council Chambers on a first come, first served basis.
Proposed materials can be found on the City’s website at Richmond.ca/RapidResponsetoHomelessness.
The City of Richmond’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2017–2027 was adopted by Council in March 2018. The proposed housing at 7300 Elmbridge Way addresses a gap in Richmond’s housing continuum (non-market housing with supports) and will provide homes to vulnerable populations, including persons with mental health and addiction issues. This housing gap and priority group in need were identified through community consultation for the Housing Affordability Profile (companion document to the Affordable Housing Strategy).