Housing with health services helps homeless in Surrey, BC: Official opening November 8th, 2013
Fielding Graduate University doctoral student and Executive Director of the Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society, Michael Wilson, play active role in the project.
Quibble Creek Health and Phoenix Transition Housing Centre is a partnership between the Province, the City of Surrey and Fraser Health Authority and contains 52 supportive housing units and 15 short-term transitional recovery beds. The building includes Fraser Health’s Recovery and Assessment Centre, with 25 beds for men and women requiring 24-hour recovery and assessment services, and a primary care, substance use and mental health clinic.
The Recovery and Assessment Centre is a safe, sheltered environment to assist individuals recovering from acute intoxication. An interdisciplinary team of professionals including nurses, substance use support workers and outreach workers care for clients and connect them with the network of mental health and substance use services available.
Michael, currently in the HOD doctoral program at Fielding, states: “The Phoenix Society’s mission is to create a therapeutic community, which provides clients with personal, social and psychological supports at every step of their recovery process. The new building will provide an array of additional supports and opportunities for our society to better meet the needs of the population we serve. The planning process to bring this development to construction has been years in the making and I would like to thank the Province, the City of Surrey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Fraser Health for the resources and support provided for our current Phoenix Centre and the new Quibble Creek Health and Phoenix Transition Housing Centre.”
Clients at the primary care, substance use and mental health clinic receive care and treatment for medical, substance use and mental health issues. The team of health-care professionals include physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, clinical counsellors and social workers. Staff provides health information and education as well as some services on an outreach basis.
Mayor Dianne Watts, City of Surrey, BC, commented: “Since 2009, we’ve taken over 350 people off the street in Surrey and found them permanent housing, thanks to our strong partnerships with the Province and community organizations. This new development will help our most vulnerable citizens break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty. We are helping people build healthier lives by providing them with the supports and housing they need.”