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Regional staff to provide update on Beaverton supportive housing proposal

A planned 50-unit supportive housing complex in Beaverton will be a hot topic at Wednesday’s (Oct. 8) meeting of the Region’s health and social services committee.

The proposal – and the pushback from township council and village residents – dominates the agenda for the meeting, which is slated to get underway at 9:30 a.m. and will be broadcast via LIVESTREAM.

Two motions recently passed by township council, including one voicing its formal opposition to the project pending additional information and community consultation, are included on the agenda as well as a lengthy community petition citing similar concerns.

Regional staff are expected to provide an update on the project, while presentation are scheduled from four organizations – North House, Canadian Mental Health Association, Salvation Army and The Nourish and Develop Foundation.

The project was one of two approved by regional council in late July and will be located at 133 Main Street – on the grounds of Lakeview Manor, beside Gillespie Gardens – subject to the approval of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

“Residents will have access to wraparound services to promote life stabilization. To expedite the development process, the Region is pursuing a modular construction technique that has seen significant success in western Canada and is growing in popularity in Ontario,” reads a press release from the Region.

The news came as a surprise to many on township council, who were unaware that such a project was even being considered by the Region.

Citing a lack of information and public consultation, members of township council passed a resolution formally opposing the project on Aug. 20 calling for the Region to present studies demonstrating the site was the optimal location for such a facility.

The community petition was launched soon after and has garnered upwards of 1,900 signatures from concerned residents.

A second motion was passed by township council last week authorizes staff to examine all available options – including legal action – to “pause and hold” the project until the terms of the previous motion are met, as well as a calling for a third-party consultant to conduct research.

The Region recently launched a WEBPAGE to share more information on the project and the wrap-around supports that may be offered.

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.

“These on-site services allow for people to get the assistance they need, close to home. This helps to improve their overall quality of life and increases opportunities for success by clearing a pathway for them to become contributing members of the communities in which they live,” it reads.

In turn, residents launched their own WEBSITE featuring information on the community petition that has been launched, a rough timeline of approval process and a series of questions about the proposal.

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