BC Housing is asking city council for a special permit to operate the Old Hardy View Lodge as a homeless shelter this winter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

BC Housing is asking city council for a special permit to operate the Old Hardy View Lodge as a homeless shelter this winter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

BC Housing asking Grand Forks for homeless shelter permit at Old Hardy View Lodge

Council will vote on the permit at a special meeting early next month

BC Housing has asked city hall to approve its plan to fund a temporary homeless shelter at the Old Hardy View Lodge this winter.

The Lodge at 2320 78th Ave. is not currently zoned for use a shelter, but an approved Temporary Use Permit (TUP) would allow the proposed facility to operate between December 2020 and March 2021, according to a staff memo prepared ahead of Monday’s Oct. 19’s Council meeting.

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Boundary Family Services (BFS) would operate the shelter for between 10 and 15 residents, the memo explained.

A letter to Council from BC Housing and BFS said the shelter would provide “a warm, safe place to live” for homeless people in Grand Forks. BFS and the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS) counted 36 people sleeping rough in the city this August. Nearly two-thirds reported having trouble finding regular meals, while more than half said they’d been homeless for more than a year, the letter explained.

Half of area homeless were older than 46. One-third were indigenous.

BFS staff “would be onsite 24/7 to support guests and manage operations. Daily meals, storage space, laundry and cleaning services would be provided onsite.”

Council will be asked to vote on BC Housing’s permit application Nov. 3.

As per the application process, The Gazette will run a city advertisement explaining the proposal in its Oct. 21st edition.

City hall is inviting written feedback from residents, according to the memo.

The Gazette will continue to update this story.


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