1998 Prince George

Jeanine Ratcliffe, Manager of Special Needs Housing for the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs in 1998 reported that a brief survey of BC anti-poverty groups showed there were probably more than 1,000 people who, at the time, were absolutely homeless in BC, and another 20,000 who were relatively homeless. The concentrations were in Vancouver and Victoria, but about 75-150 people had absolute homelessness in each of Prince George, Kamloops and Kelowna.1


In response, MCCSHS answered a proposal call to develop an affordable housing community in Prince George.  Together with the support of a local faith group who committed to providing leadership and support, Ospika Heights offered affordable town homes to those in the area struggling with poverty and the risk of homelessness.  Today a newly formed board of directors act as a 'hands on' leadership board involved in the oversight and management of the community.  Dedicated on site managers provide the care and attention to keep this northern community healthy and safe.


1 Ratcliff, Jeanine,  "Homelessness: BC Situation and Initiatives", CMHC National Office Feature Presentation, <http://ginsler.com/sites/ginsler/files/meetingsum.html>, ( 17 June 1998 ).

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