Modular Units Now Open in Prince Rupert

Brittany Webster

The homeless population of Prince Rupert now have supportive modular housing as an option thanks to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice, in conjunction with the North Coast Transition Society, the City of Prince Rupert, and B-C Housing, hosted the grand opening of the Crow's Nest Lodge, modular housing for those struggling with homelessness.

The facility has 36 single units, each equiped with a bathroom and kitchenette. There is laundry machines on site as well as a larger kitchen and community area. Two units are even designed for people with disabilities.

Rice was overjoyed to be opening the units last week and glad she has been apart of assisting some of Prince Rupert's vulnerable community.

"It's been a long standing issue in Prince Rupert and I think we have a really rainy climate and people are very clever at finding good hiding spots or good places to seek shelter. But nonetheless, they're still living out on the street, they're still in unsecure housing, and this is a great opportunity for a warm bed and a safe place, having wrap around sercives whether you need mental health or other health services, life skills, training for job skills. There's a lot of opportunities here, and this place and today's opening signifies hope and a great opportunity for other people to feel hope in our community."

Crow's Nest Lodge is situated next to the Transition Society in Prince Rupert, a lot provided by the city, and the province has invested 7.1 million dollars with the commitment to provide funding annually to keep the building operating.

Although no one is living at Crow's Nest lodge just yet, they hope to have people move in near the end of the month and are already experiencing high demand for the units.

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