Everybody Needs a Safe Place to Live
With 1,561 people without a home in Vancouver (preliminary 2013 City of Vancouver homeless count), it is unacceptable to simply “manage” homelessness. We must find solutions.
The Bloom Group’s provides 178 residents on fixed or low-incomes, and at risk of homelessness, with a place to call home. Our continuum of housing meets a diverse range of needs in the community. In addition to mental health and supportive housing, we provide “affordable housing” to 31 residents in the Downtown Eastside who live independently and are not seeking housing with integrated support services.
Somerville Place provides affordable housing for 31 individuals on fixed and/or low incomes in studio apartments in the Downtown Eastside. At Somerville Place, fully independent residents live in a clean and safe home that they might not otherwise have access to. Fixed-rate rents are based on BC Housing “Homeless At Risk” guidelines.
377 Powell St. Vancouver, BC V6A1G5
Marta Sanchez-Blasco, 604-606-0308
Built in 1981 by the Province of BC, 250 Powell served as a Remand Centre for prisoners awaiting trial until 2002. Currently, the lower floors house the Community Court, and the upper floors are vacant.
Beginning January 2014, with funding from BC Housing, the government of Canada and the City of Vancouver, The Bloom Group will manage the building’s transformation into a vital community asset – 96 units of permanent, affordable and shelter-rate housing for people working and living downtown.
Project architect, Gregory Henriquez, is leading the poetic transformation of the Remand Centre into social housing, transitioning it from a use with very negative connotations to one that will help build a stronger community. Bright, airy apartments will replace former jail cells, featuring expansive windows with one-of-a-kind city and mountain views. What was once an inmate gymnasium will become a shared amenity space and convenience kitchen for residents, and the former exercise yard will be turned into a community garden with vegetable and flowerbeds. 37 of the 96 units will be affordable housing for participants of BladeRunners, an employment program for inner-city at–risk Aboriginal youth managed by the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS). The Community Court will continue to operate from the lower floors.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.
A tenancy process will be announced Fall 2014. The building will be managed and operated by The Bloom Group in partnership with ACCESS BladeRunners.
Media inquiries: Contact Lesley Anderson, Director of Resource Development and Communications, at 604-606-0356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.