Friday, May 29, 2020

Keys in hand to Crane's Crossing, North Coast Transition society looks forward to work ahead on Supportive Housing

The staff of the North Coast Transition Society shared a snapshot yesterday of what will one day be the newest  addition to their listings of supportive housing in the community, with the NCTS taking note through their Facebook page of having taken possession of Cranes' Crossing, the name that has now been given to the old Raffles motel.

As we outlined at mid month, North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice announced the purchase of the motel on the west side of the city's downtown core, the step forward for housing in the community coming by way of a partnership of BC Housing, North Coast Transition Society, the City of Prince Rupert and the Provincial Government.

At the time of the announcement, Ms. Rice highlighted the range of services and amenities that will come with opening day.

The building will also include a commercial kitchen, dining and lounge areas, storage and amenity space, and laundry and a medical examination room. It will also have 24/7 on hist staff and support services on site, as well as to offer a range of services towards life and employment skills training, health and wellness programs.

Once complete, the building will also have the capacity for a 35-space temporary shelter or an Extreme Weather Response (EWR) shelter.

Construction will begin in fall 2020. The shelter portion of the building is expected to open in early 2021, while the supportive homes will be ready later in the year, by fall 2021.

Once the renovations are complete, the residents of the Fisherman's Hall shelter will transition to the new supportive building at Five Corners.

The province is providing 11.8 million dollars to the project through it's Supportive Housing Fund, as well there will be an annual operating subsidy of $1.2 million for the facility.

You can follow the North Coast Transition Society Facebook page here, for updates as the project moves forward through the year ahead.

You can find more notes on housing in Prince Rupert from our archive page here.

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