A number of mental health service providers and non-profit groups are backing a controversial 12-storey development planned for Vancouver’s Commercial and Venables neighbourhood.
The open letter addressed to the City of Vancouver says there’s a housing crisis, and it isn’t more urgent than for marginalized people, including those with mental illness.
It adds by saying waitlists for supportive housing are severely backlogged.
But they say there’s a solution.
The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties proposal for the twelve-storey tower, the letter states, will expand and create supportive housing units for thirty people living with mental illness.
The undersigned says the Kettle Society has 40 years experience and the project offers a partnership between market and social housing.
The tower isn’t without it’s opposition, as residents of the Grandview-Woodlands area have argued against it.