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New Affordable Homes Underway in Burnaby

  • 21 Feb 2022 11:38 AM
    Message # 12615994
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is your opinion on the following the housing model?

    https://news.bchousing.org/new-affordable-homes-underway-in-burnaby/?fbclid=IwAR0mjw8gAlELDhUGFY_fed5uTPL_l0wtAQZvrBPOVgSEFWbh6XIzIHkw4Ug 

    Please view the attached document regarding a new model. Page 4 talks about Inclusion BC, page 9 gives a brief description of the project, and page 11 provides the architectural floor plans.  

    L'Arche Level 1 and Level 2 Homes (Group): 

    Noted in the floor plan are 2 Homes (Group) have* 8 bedrooms each and One Home (Group) has 6 homes. (SOME bedrooms are marked as 150 square feet). It appears the bathrooms are shared bathrooms.   On level 1 there are a total of 14 bedrooms fully supported  for individuals with disabilities.  No one else.

    This model is an innovative model and includes the vision of an affordable and inclusive community; families, seniors and individuals with varying abilities - with and without disabilities. The project is moving in the right direction to create an inclusive community.  My concern is that the ratio of people with disabilities is high in the homes marked Homes - Group.  It will be hard to diminish the social stigma that has occurred for decades for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  


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    Last modified: 21 Feb 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 21 Feb 2022 5:52 PM
    Reply # 12616591 on 12615994
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It s good to see that new buildings are offering affordable housing options for people with disabilities but for me it would appear that the number of people with disabilities exceeds the number of typical people. Would like to see more options for independent living for those with intellectual disabilities rather than a group home setting.

  • 10 Mar 2022 9:35 PM
    Reply # 12655363 on 12615994

    I find this concept troubling. This appears to be a large group home inside affordable housing. I believe there are too many people living in a congregate setting. Do the individuals with a disability choose who their ‘roommates’ and helpers are? This looks like an institution to me. I would not want my loved one living in this institutionalized setting. I do not believe they would be able to express their wants and needs and their individualism.


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