Alan, you have still not addressed the situation around Queens Manor. And I'm not trying to keep pouring on here, but that building is only 36 units, it's the same low-barrier as your Vancouver proposal, and the neighbourhood is a zoo.
Why is that? Don't the oldest tenants begin to have mobility issues and would be better to be close to a variety of grocery stores, doctors and pharmacies etc.? Or do them become a safety risk from other, younger tenants?
Ok good point, VicHockeyFan. Sorry for not responding about Queens Manor on Douglas.
First off, Cool Aid did not pick this building -- it was given to us. As a former hotel it is not well designed for our purposes which causes part of the challenge. (Open balconies facing the street.)
However, the major challenge of Queens Manor, which does present street-level issues (unlike our other 9 apartment buildings), is that there is a concentration of our most difficult to house tenants. It is also located adjacent to the Bottle Depot, Mustard Seed and ahem, very inappropriate private market rentals, all of which generate a very challenging neighbourhood environment.
- snip from a letter -
I fear that many of your parents’ concerns are based on conditions at Rock Bay Landing shelter (which is an emergency shelter, serving an ever-changing population, not a site of permanent supported housing); or Queen’s Manor (which is an outlier in Cool Aid housing, in that it supports a group of residents with the highest needs level in a neighbourhood very different from Vancouver Street at Rockland); or Our Place drop-in, which is a separate organization not affiliated with Cool Aid. These are misaligned comparisons.
The reason you have probably never heard of any of our other nine housing projects is because they are almost indistinguishable from any other low-rise apartment building when in operation.
It is our goal to be good neighbours, as we are throughout the Capital Region. We do not wish to disrupt the community, but rather to strengthen it by providing stability and security for vulnerable people who are today homeless, and who will remain homeless for years more should this project fail. These are people who are already our neighbours, but living on the streets and bringing to the neighbourhood all of the issues that homelessness entails.