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Housing for Surrey homeless gets underway

Housing for Surrey homeless gets underway

SURREY, B.C. — Work has begun on Peterson Place, a 40-unit facility in Surrey, B.C. that will provide permanent homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

“When people have housing and the supports they need, it makes our community safer and healthier,” said Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley, in a statemet. “Everyone deserves good, secure housing and this project will provide permanent homes for people to call their own.”

Located at 13245 King George Blvd., Peterson Place includes 38 studio units with their own private washroom and kitchen. The facility will also feature a commercial kitchen, dining and lounge areas, storage and amenity space, laundry and a medical room.

Peterson Place is part of a partnership between the province and the City of Surrey to build 250 permanent supportive modular homes to replace the current temporary sites. Peterson Place is the first project under construction as part of the agreement.

“With construction beginning today on Peterson Place, we are on our way to providing permanent, safe and meaningful housing to our most vulnerable residents,” said Doug McCallum, mayor of Surrey. “This project illustrates the dedication of various levels of government and organizations working together to end the cycle of homelessness. I want to thank everyone involved for bringing this project from idea to reality.”  

Fraserside Community Services Society (FCSS) will manage the building. It will provide residents with 24/7 onsite staff and support services, including meal programs, life and employment skills training, health and wellness support services and opportunities for volunteer work.

“We are thrilled that even during these uncertain pandemic times, this project is moving ahead,” said Lynda Edmonds, CEO of FCSS. “We are thankful that the province and the City of Surrey recognize the importance of safe and secure housing for people experiencing homelessness. The addition of 38 new units and the expansion of onsite services, including access to daily meals and counselling, will have a significant and positive impact on the lives of residents at Peterson Place and in creating broader communities of belonging for all people in Surrey.”

Construction is anticipated to finish this summer, with residents moving in during the fall.

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