July 17, 2017
A proposal to build 40 small cabins for the homeless on a vacant parcel of land will go before council Monday afternoon.
In a report to council, city staff have recommended rejecting the project’s request for a temporary use permit for a property on Valley Road, off of Highway 11.
While staff say the project would help provide emergency shelter for people experiencing chronic homelessness and praise the “commitment and energy” by the Abbotsford Dignitarian Society, which has put forward the proposal, they cite a range of concerns with the application. Staff note that it doesn’t align with the city’s affordable housing and homelessness plans, and that the application lacks sufficient “evidnce of formal service partnerships, sustainable capital and operating funding” and a track record with similar projects in the past.
Staff also suggest that clustering 40 units in one area could increase risk to occupants’ personal safety.