Recovery house holds grand opening

A new $7-million supportive housing apartment building officially opened in Vancouver last week, offering hope to proponents of a new recovery house in Richmond.

Triage Emergency Services and Care Society, at 5616 Fraser St., provides 30 units of supportive housing for adults with mental health issues who need support and are recovering from addictions.

When neighbours learned of plans to build the three-storey complex almost three years ago, a firestorm of protests broke out over concerns of crime and addiction problems moving into the neighbourhood.

It has now been operating for a few months without incident.

Meanwhile, Turning Point Recovery Society is proposing a 32-bed recovery home complex at 8180 Ash St. in Richmond. Plans include one eight-bedroom residence with up to 10 beds for men in recovery, another similar-sized residence for women in recovery and one affordable housing residence for people in an advanced stage of recovery.

Turning Point, which operates two homes in Vancouver and one in Richmond, has a 25-year history without causing problems for its neighbourhoods, said executive director Brenda Plant.

“That’s pretty compelling evidence. I don’t think something’s going to dramatically change, and Triage’s experience just solidifies the point we’re trying to make.”

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