Barrie’s first supportive housing community welcomes more people as it expands – Barrie | PKBNEWS

Lucy’s Place in Barrie, Ontario is expanding its mission to address chronic homelessness with the addition of six apartments.

On Thursday, the supportive housing community run by Redwood Park Communities and the Busby Center welcomed six new residents, bringing its total to 24.

The six new apartments were built from shipping containers.

“We are delighted to welcome our six new residents to Lucy’s Place, some of whom we have had the pleasure of knowing through our accommodation and outreach services for many years. We feel privileged to be part of this supportive housing journey as it is essential in our community in the battle to end chronic homelessness,” said Sara Peddle, Executive Director of the Busby Centre.

Jennifer VanGennip, Director of Communications and Advocacy for Redwood Park Communities, said needs in the community are high, with more than 400 people on a list by name experiencing homelessness in the community.

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This addition is Phase 2 of the conversion of the former Barr’s Motel to Lucy’s Place, adding the six new units to the existing 12 apartments in the main building and six bedrooms in the adjoining house.

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The shipping containers were craned into place at the Essa Road location on June 13, and staff say the North America-wide backorder has delayed construction. a specific part needed to connect hydroelectricity.

Despite the delays, residents were able to move in on Thursday.

“It was really exciting waiting to move in. I was afraid it wasn’t real,” said one of Lucy’s Place’s new residents, who goes by the name T.

“I am happy that with the help of so many people, I am ready for this new beginning. Let’s do this!”

Expansion of Lucy’s Place in Barrie, Ontario.

Provided by Redwood Park Communities

New apartment in the Lucy’s Place expansion in Barrie, Ont.

Provided by Redwood Park Communities

Funding for the expansion came from the province, with each new unit having its own kitchen and bathroom.

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Lucy’s Place, which opened in 2019, is a joint effort between the communities of Redwood Park and the Busby Center to address long-term homelessness in Barrie.

Redwood manages the Simcoe County-owned property and provides side-by-side support, while Busby staff facilitate the supportive housing program with 24/7 onsite support and case management. 7.

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“People can have affordable housing which is more specifically set up with programs for people who may need more support to help them stabilize to achieve certain goals they want to set around housing stabilization and all the cycles of their life they want,” VanGennip said.

Offers of housing at Lucy’s Place are made through the Simcoe County listing, which is part of the Coordinated Access System.

This is a centralized list on which community organizations register their clients, with their consent, to help find permanent housing.

People on this list are prioritized and then matched with a home for an offer that matches well as they become available. Residents pay for the housing portion of their Ontario Works or ODSP benefits or equivalent, and the county subsidizes the remaining costs.

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