PARKSVILLE (July 30, 2019) – Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, is pleased to see many years of work and community engagement come to fruition today with the opening of Orca Place. This supportive housing unit includes 52 homes and space for Island Health, Homelessness Outreach Support Team (HOST) and areas for counselling and community support.
“As a community, I believe we need to use our resources to help society’s most vulnerable,” said Stilwell. “Whether it’s mental health, addictions or homelessness that have led people to seek supportive housing – they are there for a reason and we as a community must ensure there are resources to help them out of the cycle.”
This grassroots community project began as a way to ensure help for those most at risk in the community and was driven by the City of Parksville, the Town of Qualicum, and the Regional District of Nanaimo. The Island Crisis Care Society and the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness were key partners.
“Working together with community partners to secure funding for Orca place was integral for the project,” said Stilwell. “Now, the success of Orca Place will rely on the 24/7 support to residents of the building and I will continue to hold the NDP to account to ensure those supports are fully-funded.”