So, do you have any sort of reliable statistics to back up your accusation? Not the NIMBY anecdotes that have dominated this conversation, but actual records of complaints in the area?
I keep hearing how the neighbourhood is a desolate hellscape where children are afraid to go to school. If that is true then someone needs to provide actual evidence. On the surface the area looks clean and orderly as any other part of Fairfield.
No one has ever said it is a desolate hell scape. Most of the time, things are fine, except for the times when it isn't and then it is horrendous.
Before Tent City and Cool Aid moved in, we had zero of those times. Ask any cop and they will tell you that stats don't always reflect the true impact on a neighbourhood. People grow weary and they don't phone 911. Apathy around this city is brutal. How many times have you walked by someone in need of help due to a mental health issue? Did you stop and phone 911? Most don't.
The onus is not on us to prove to you what we have lived through. Go talk to a direct neighbours of Mt. Edwards Court. The ones that have had absolutely everything stolen from their yard that wasn't nailed down. The ones that have stacks of police reports. They have been directly impacted but to you walking by, you would see nothing. It is ignorant to assume that because you walk by once a day and there was no issue that that means nothing bad ever happens at the other times.
The original proposal for Mt. Edwards was for a 100 person low barrier shelter. Who in their right mind thinks that is a good idea? It is way to close to this school or any other school. That is why we fought so hard against this project. It was Cool Aid and BC Housing that kept pushing the issue. At any time they could have simply switched to a low income seniors facility, for which there is also a huge housing shortage. This could have been solved 2 years ago and we could have properly housed over 100 seniors in desperate need of housing. But the poverty industry in this city is big business and there is lots of money to be made off of vulnerable people.
Mt. Edwards in its most recent use was a nursing home. The rooms are smaller and don't have showers/tubs or cooking facilities of any kind. So it is best suited for college dorms or a nursing home. People who are trying to work on recovery deserve their own full apartment, not an SRO.
The purpose built Cool Aid facilities are hugely successful. The Cool Aid facilities that they try and repurpose are less successful. Queens Manor is a disaster. Cool Aid has no experience running a facility this large.
The larger issue for the neighbours and the school is that Cool Aid has zero credibility left.
Can this facility be run in such a way that there is no impact to the school and surrounding neighbourhood? I don't know. Time will tell.
But I will tell you that the past 19 months with 38 residents has been far from perfect.