3030 Gordon Project, Coquitlam
We are open!
As of the week of December 14, 2015, we began accepting people into the shelter portion of 3030 Gordon. The first folks came from mat shelter currently running until the end of December. This overlap was intended so that there would be no gaps in service provision. The Shelter has 30 private rooms: 20 for men and 10 for women. Pets are welcome and three meals a day are provided.
You can contact the front desk any time at 604.474.0435.
The building is staffed 24 hours a day, every day. If no one is able to answer when you call, please leave a message. Individuals needing to stay at the Shelter can show up in person any time.
Initial referrals to the 30 self-contained suites of transitional housing are made through BC Housing. Once the application is received, new applicants are interviewed by BC Housing staff and RainCity staff, and they decide together on successful applicants. To apply, please contact BC Housing’s Orange Hall Office at 604.648.4270 or OrangeHall@bchousing.org
Extreme Weather Response
As of January 1, 2016, the Building will also provide shelter space for an additional 30 individuals during periods of exceptionally inclement weather once the shelter portion of our building reaches or is at near capacity. The extreme weather beds are available starting at 5 PM on the day the Extreme Weather Alert is declared. While the Alert is in effect, intake will occur around-the-clock. Pets are welcome and two meals are provided.
An ‘Extreme Weather Event’ is called by the Tri-Cities EWR Coordinator and the additional spaces are made public to other area service providers. The current Tri-Cities EWR Coordinator is Sandy Burpee, 604.461.2926.
If you have any questions about the building or the programs operating there, please contact email the Manager at GordonManager@raincityhousing.org
The building at 3030 Gordon Avenue in Coquitlam will provide 30 units of transitional housing, 30 emergency shelter rooms, and during extreme weather conditions an additional 30 shelter beds in dormitory rooms – all in the same building!
Check out our October 2015 update on the project.
Check out our July 2015 update.
Check out our May 2015 update.
Check out earlier updates here.
A short history of the project
- December 2011 – RainCity Housing were selected as operators
- Early 2012 – RainCity joined the Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group
- October 2012 – A Community Open House took place in order to get input on design, site planning, safety & security
- Spring & Summer 2013 – A Tri-Cities H&H Task Group Design Subcommittee was formed and met in order to finalize the design of the building
- October 2013 – A Community Open House took place to go over the Development Permit Application submission
- January 2014 – Coquitlam City Council approved the development plans for our the building
- Spring 2014 – The Tri-Cities H&H Task Group Operations Subcommittee was struck for 3030 Gordon
- July 2014 – A Good Neighbour Agreement signed by the City of Coquitlam and RainCity Housing
RainCity Housing will be providing support services for the shelter residents, including meals, counseling, life skills development and connections to community health and wellness services. Our staff have been active members of the Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Group since 2010, and we look forward to working with and getting better acquainted with the service providers in the Tri-Cities.
Sandy Burpee is the Chair of the Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group and an active member in the Tri-Cities community. The Task Group was involved in a comprehensive study that released some concrete facts about the affordable housing situation in the community.
“I think it’s pretty common knowledge that housing and affordability is a major challenge in the Tri-City area, and we wanted to put some numbers around that as to whether it’s getting better or worse.”
He acknowledges that all levels of government will need to continue to play an active role in order to keep housing affordable in the Tri-Cities.
Some of the data from the study included:
- 11% of renters are at risk of homelessness.
- Over 4,400 owner households had annual incomes of less than $20,000 a year.
- More people were using the Share food bank and the number of food hampers being distributed increased since 2008.
- The number of people on social assistance has flattened but the number of seniors and working families receiving rental subsidies has increased since 2008, especially in Coquitlam.
- Use of the bridge shelter in Port Coquitlam, especially by men, increased the winter of 2013 after a two-year decline.
Clearing the site, September 2014
Providing this kind of shelter and housing has been a priority for the City of Coquitlam, the Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Group and BC Housing for a number of years. We are incredibly excited to be the operator of this building and that the project is finally moving off the ‘drawing board’ and into construction.
If you have any questions about this project, you can email Associate Director Sean Spear at email@example.com