Public information session on new Biltmore Social Housing Facility – Wednesday December 18th

The community meeting on the Biltmore social housing facility was extremely well-attended. We’ll post a detailed summary of the points raised during the discussions shortly.

The City of Vancouver released an invitation dated on December 18th regarding two public meetings scheduled for January 8th and 11th. The full invitations are available in PDF form in English and Chinese. The events are billed to have a ‘presentation and small group discussions’. The meetings will be held at the following times and venues:

  • Wednesday January 8th, 2014, 6-8pm, 140 East 11th Avenue, St. Patrick’s High School
  • Saturday January 11th, 2014, 10am – 12pm, 285 East 5th Avenue, Native Education Centre

The original post about the Dec 18th community meeting is below:

RAMP will be holding a public information session on the upcoming Biltmore Social Housing facility.

This event will be held on Wednesday December 18th, from 7-9pm.
We’ll be opening the doors around 6:45pm so the event can get underway at 7pm.

The information session will be held at 154 East 10th Avenue. This is the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (http://uocvancouver.com/location), located just west of Main Street. We’ll be upstairs in a large room.

We’ve invited representatives from the local Community Policing Centre to come and help answer questions. The Biltmore hotel is nearing the end of its conversion to 100 units of social housing. This information session will be an opportunity to connect with the broader community, to ask questions and get answers.

The Biltmore

Update: We also invited RainCity Housing (the future operator) and the City of Vancouver to attend the meeting. On Tuesday afternoon (Dec 17th) both RainCity and the City informed RAMP that they have decided not to attend the forum after all. The date (Dec 18th) was originally chosen to accommodate the availability of RainCity Housing staff. In the absence of the operator and the City, there will be housing advocates on hand who are familiar with other social housing facilities in Vancouver and who have worked with RainCity in the past.

Background reading

Frances Bula features a post on her State of Vancouver about the Biltmore facility. Bula has also reproduced the full text of her story that appeared earlier in the Globe and Mail:
Imminent opening of Biltmore transitional housing in Mount Pleasant prompts community debate, promises to choose tenants ‘carefully’

BC Housing announced the new facility in a press release sent out on February 5, 2013:
Province secures 100 interim transition housing spaces

The Vancouver Sun briefly commented on the BC Housing announcement in an article written by Kevin Griffin.

The City of Vancouver released a full specification for the Biltmore facility when it published a tender document to find a non-profit operator: Request for Proposals to Non Profit Societies for Operator and Support Services 395 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC RFP #1070-1213-94

RainCity Housing won the tender. Information about RainCity is available on the website www.raincityhousing.org.
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