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Kate Mechan

Supportive housing units to be ready soon

The Safe at Home Society will start providing 20 units for short-term supportive housing at the former Coast High Country Inn starting in mid-February.

By Whitehorse Star on January 30, 2023

The Safe at Home Society will start providing 20 units for short-term supportive housing at the former Coast High Country Inn starting in mid-February.

The announcement was made this morning.

The move is designed to alleviate the pressures of homelessness faced by vulnerable Yukoners this winter.

The initiative aligns with the goal to provide permanent supportive housing at this site in the future.

A temporary occupancy permit was issued by the City of Whitehorse earlier this month, and the organization is able to occupy the building until June 30.

The Yukon government provided the society with funding for capital improvements necessary for the temporary supportive housing and is finalizing an agreement to provide 24/7 on-site support.

All temporary housing units will be allocated from the By-Name List, Whitehorse’s real-time list of individuals experiencing homelessness.

Those with questions about how units will be allocated should contact Anthony Boisvert, manager, Temporary Housing Program, at Safe at Home at 334-8987.

“We are pleased to support the Safe at Home Society in providing Yukoners with wrap-around housing with services this winter,” said Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.

“We will continue to work with the Safe at Home Society and other partners on new, innovative ways to address homelessness in our community.”

Kate Mechan, the society’s executive director, said the organization “is thrilled to put this building to use for the next five months by directly supporting individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

“A foundation of this temporary program will be to work with tenants to obtain permanent housing. In the background, Safe at Home will work with Government of Yukon and other funders to ensure the future state of the project will be realized.”

Comments (11)

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Bandit on Feb 4, 2023 at 4:05 am

Did they renovate the Banquet halls in the building? If not they could put in cots and use them for an emergency shelter. How about the restaurant? Let's see some interior photos to see what we got for $25+million.

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Erwin Glock on Feb 3, 2023 at 11:46 am

20 units only? How many are in the whole building. Please keep us updated
what the renovation will cost after the short term use!

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SH on Feb 3, 2023 at 8:27 am

Matthew, the housing should be for whoever needs it. If people who are FN and female are more likely to be homeless, then I have no problem if FN women primarily occupy this housing.

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The Equity Equalizer on Feb 1, 2023 at 6:29 pm

Dear TJ on Jan 31, 2023 at 11:03 am:

Settle down there… People just want everyone to be included under the inclusivity banner otherwise it becomes exclusivity… But hey, don’t worry yourself about that thinking thing, it’s not for everyone…

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TJ on Jan 31, 2023 at 11:03 am

Hey Matthew, what’s not exciting about FN females getting a place to live? Should it be for white dudes only?

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Whitehorse resident on Jan 31, 2023 at 9:51 am

There’ll be a steady stream of derelict vehicles arriving in town next spring once word of this project gets spread around down south.
Kind of like a Gold Rush.

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$$ on Jan 30, 2023 at 10:28 pm

The chilcoot was charging $1200 a month per room, all in, no operations and maintenance costs to the taxpayer. What's the math on this octopus? I'm guessing with the bill to purchase and renovate, spread over 20 years, then the yearly cost of the '24/7 support staff', heat, hydro and ongoing repairs, we're going to be paying $5,000 per room / $l00,000 a month, EASILY.

The finances should be discussed. What is the budget for running this place including staff, repairs and utilities? What did it cost to buy and renovate? For 20 people. Or will there be two people per room / unit?

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JP on Jan 30, 2023 at 6:10 pm

This whole project wreaks of incompetence. Liberal party looking for good press releases while kicking back to NVD. We (the tax payers) way overpaid for a decrepit old building that would probably be better off being torn down.

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George on Jan 30, 2023 at 4:23 pm

Yup 20 million dollars or so later and 20 units are almost available to those selected specifically by committee to fit in. Meanwhile, a couple million or whatever they asked for would have gotten 30 or more modest units at the chilkoot open to whomever needs it no strings attached. Obvious which one makes more sense but is way less beneficial to the liberal party and friends.

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Matthew on Jan 30, 2023 at 3:37 pm

Don't get too excited.. pretty sure it's only for females, and FN... unless its been changed.

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John on Jan 30, 2023 at 2:00 pm

...and the elephant in the room - "how much extra money has been sucked into abyss?" Last we all heard was the dire need "for more money". Yet I notice the absence of any finances mentioned in this item.

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