Burr Place - Men's support recovery house

We are exploring options for a support recovery house for men, in partnership with BC Housing and Turning Point Recovery Society.

The house would be modelled after the successful support recovery house for women that we opened on Lloyd Avenue in 2014. It would feature nine beds for men with substance use issues who need residential programs and services.

How you can have your say

This project is still at an early stage. If it moves ahead, rezoning will be required. During the rezoning process, there will be several additional opportunities for you to share your thoughts.

Learn more about the rezoning and public input

Current status and progress updates

October 5, 2015 — Bylaw adopted

Council gave the rezoning bylaw second and third readings, and then voted to adopt the bylaw.

September 15, 2015 — Public hearing

Council heard from residents who are in favour of this application, as well as those who are opposed. The rezoning bylaw was then returned to Council for further consideration.

July 20, 2015 — 1st reading

Bylaw 8124 for this rezoning received 1st reading from Council, and has been referred to a public hearing. The public hearing will be held on September 15, 2015.

June 30, 2015 — New location proposed

The District has withdrawn its offer of the property on Windridge Drive and, in consultation with  BC Housing and Turning Point, an alternate District-owned property on the southwest corner of the intersection at Burr Place and Berkley Road has been identified as possibly a more suitable location, taking into consideration the concerns the community expressed.

March 4, 2015 — Public open house

We held a public open house where District staff and representatives of BC Housing and Turning Point answered questions and collected feedback. At the same time, we made a survey available online, where residents could share their views about this project.

Details

How we identified a suitable location for the house

Staff worked with various partners to see if any District-owned land was available for this project. Of the sites available, we considered the Burr Place site to be the most suitable, because it is:

  • accessible to transit
  • accessible to other community services
  • an easy site to build on

More about the house's operator

Turning Point Recovery Society is a licensed, non-profit organization, and one of BC's leading providers of residential support recovery services for 33 years.

They operate five residences in the Lower Mainland, which provide 49 beds for men and women recovering from substance abuse:

  • 22 beds for men and women in two homes in Vancouver (active in Vancouver for 33 years)
  • 9 beds for men in a home in Richmond (operating since 1999)
  • 9 beds for women in a home in Richmond (operating since 2012)
  • 9 beds for women in the District of North Vancouver (opened six months ago)

Turning Point and your community

Turning Point believes in giving back to the communities in which they serve. Their clients volunteer with local food banks, community gardens, and other non-profit service providers..

All residents are involved in the program by choice, and there is zero tolerance for substance use relapse while they are in residence..

In the 33 years that Turning Point has been providing support services, there has never been a community safety incident.

Background

The benefits of supportive housing

A safe and supportive home environment gives residents the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual support they need to recover.

Residents receive individual and group counseling, life skills training, and help transitioning back to the community.

Supportive housing contributes to a reduction in:

  • emergency room visits
  • hospital bed use
  • the length of hospital stays
  • health and social services related costs