New Vancouver residential complex begins operations

The project adds much needed housing supply for Vancouver’s vulnerable populations, officials say

New Vancouver residential complex begins operations

Federal and provincial officials announced the grand opening of the 68-unit Burnham Place project in Vancouver late last week.

The development was completed through a $51.5 million federal investment. The residential complex, which is operated by Coast Mental Health, adds much needed housing supply for the region’s vulnerable populations, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

“For tenants choosing to live at Burnham Place, they will be provided 24-hours-a-day/7-days-a-week supports that includes medication administration, recovery planning, life skills training, and education and employment services,” CMHC said. “Tenants will also have access to a meal program and laundry services at this facility.”

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“Our goal is to provide people who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness with permanent housing that includes mental health supports,” said Tracy Rapanos, director of community services at Coast Mental Health. “Supported housing offers people a long-term opportunity to create stability in their lives. When housed permanently, people feel secure and stable, which is vital for their recovery.”