Newcastle Place is like its own tiny village, buzzing with life and activity. Program clients come and go or just spend time together, supporting and encouragin one another in community.
In late 2018, BC Housing purchased property at 250 Terminal Avenue to provide temporary supportive housing for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the community, including those who were residing at a tent city in the downtown area. Within days, Newcastle came to life.
The focus at Newcastle Place is to provide an affordable, safe, secure home for people who have low income, have been or are at risk of homelessness, and who may require supports with mental health and/or substance use. At Newcastle, program clients have their own small room, access to washrooms, laundry, and a dining room, to meet their basic needs – things that many did not have for years before their stay at Newcastle Place.
They also have the opportunity to interact with a variety of trained staff and visiting health professionals each day, with efficient and direct referrals to treatment options, onsite health and medical services, and employment and life skills programming.
Support is offered in the form of encouragement, care, and resources that allow people to gain and maintain their health and well being.
As a large presence in the community, Newcastle Place has opportunities for neighbours and stakeholders in the community to learn about and give feedback through the community advisory committee (CAC). The committee serves to build and maintain positive relationships in the community, facilitate information sharing and dialogue, and identify and resolve any issues, opportunities, and concerns related to the program’s operation.