The Regional Housing First Program in the CRD
The Capital Regional District (CRD) aims to eliminate chronic homelessness in southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands through mixed-market housing, partnerships, and streamlined support services. The Regional Housing First Program (RHFP) meets a broad range of housing needs while moving at-risk individuals from streets or shelters into long-term, tenant-based, supported housing to enable recovery and integration into society.
The core of the RHFP is $90 million dollars invested equally by the governments of Canada, British Columbia, and the Capital Regional District. That $90 million will underwrite the costs of 400 units that will rent at a provincial income assistance rate. Funding partnerships will extend the program to the approximately $400 million, creating a total of more than 2000 new rental housing units in the region. In addition to the shelter rate units, the program will also create affordable and market-rate rentals within the same buildings.
Health, social and other supports for those people who need them will be delivered on an individual rather than a building basis, and residents will be able to move between rental options as their life circumstances allow.
June 2020 Update: The program partners of the Regional Housing First Program (RHFP) have reached agreement to extend the program by contributing additional matching grants of $10 million each, for a total of $120 million, to ensure the program reaches its target number of homes for people experiencing chronic homelessness who are ready to live independently with supports.
Regional Housing First Program Timeline
The timeline for approval, construction, and occupancy of the Regional Housing First Program focuses on the 400 units needed at the Provincial Shelter Rate that are core to ending chronic homelessness in the region.
As these units will be built among the affordable and market rental units to ensure healthy, diverse communities, the overall program timeline correlates to that of the shelter rate units.
Health, Residential and Housing Spectrum of Care
Housing First FAQ (PDF)