A petition protesting Durham Region’s plan to build a 50-unit supportive housing complex in Beaverton will be formally received by Brock Township council Monday (Sept. 28) night.
More than 1,700 residents have reportedly signed the PETITION that was presented to the municipality, though recent estimates have moved that figure closer to 2,000.
The petition is formally opposing the proposal – which would see a modular complex built on the grounds of Lakeview Manor, beside Gillespie Gardens – until the Region seeks public consultation and presents formal research that would support the site as a prime location for supportive housing.
While it was approved by regional council in late July, the news came as a surprise to many on township council, who were unaware that such a project was even being considered.
Citing a lack of information and public consultation, members of township council passed a resolution formally opposing the project on Aug. 20.
The Region recently launched a WEBPAGE to share more information on the project and the wrap-around supports that may be offered.
“Life circumstances – such as family breakdown, abuse, job loss, addictions or mental health challenges – can bring someone to be in crisis, without a place to call home. This happens to people in cities and in smaller communities. When this happens, people need support and they need shelter,” it reads.
“Wrap-around supports to an individual living within a community means enhancing access to support services, establishing trust and rapport, and providing increased opportunities to meeting their needs because services are available when they need them.”
The post notes that, generally, wrap-around services include such services as on-site meals in a dining hall; mental health and addictions support; medical and dental care (virtual and/or on site); financial assistance such as Ontario Works, ODSP and/or other financial benefits; rental and tenant support; life skills teaching/counselling and employment services.
Residents quickly followed suit, launching their own SITE last week.
In addition to the petition, the Township has received more than a dozen letters from residents concerned about the proposal.
The council meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m.