The unofficial opening of the multi agency accommodation project, MAAP, took place on Saturday, November 23 in Grand Forks. A large group of local people, politicians, and representatives of the various groups involved showed up for the affair. The public were allowed to browse through the facility for a short while and then there was a ribbon-cutting, actually two ribbon cuttings, followed by sod turning for the still-to-come Habitat For Humanity ReStore.
As you listen to the speeches you will learn that this facility is the result of collaboration and cooperation between not only social service groups such as Whispers of Hope, Habitat for Humanity, and Boundary Emergency Transition House but also includes corporate support from industry, Interfor and Roxul, and various levels of government.
As it currently exists the facility houses a thrift store, the emergency housing area with common area, washroom facilities, laundry facilities, and kitchen. Eventually there will be a store selling recycled construction materials and supplies.
MAAP is located at the corner of Riverside Drive and 72nd Avenue just by the river in downtown Grand Forks BC. The emergency housing is open and available from 8 PM to 8 AM.
With the recent arrival of freezing temperatures and winter the opening of this facility could not have been timed better. Those who have been paying attention to city Council will have been aware of this project and what it entails. For those of you who are not keeping up with Council we will provide links so you can easily watch and listen to the presentations before Council if you choose to.
May 6, 2013
COTW discussion on Lease proposal (at 41 minutes into the video)
Council decision on Lease of 7212 Riverside Drive. (at 1 hour 16 minutes)