Cool Aid Opens Rock Bay Landing
October 29, 2010 – The Victoria Cool Aid Society, with support from BC Housing, is moving the services from the Streetlink emergency shelter at 1634 Store Street to the new Rock Bay Landing facility at 535 Ellice Street on Wednesday, November 3. No residents will lose their bed during the transition – they will sleep at Streetlink on November 2 and sleep at Rock Bay on November 3. To enable staff to complete the move, drop-in services will not be available from November 1-3.
The new, purpose-built Rock Bay Landing facility offers many improvements including:
- 84 permanent shelter beds; up from 80 at Streetlink.
- 23 new units of transitional housing will be available starting in mid-November.
- Two units of family shelter are available – the first in the Capital Region.
- There is expanded space for 20 shelter mats during extreme weather conditions.
- A card lock system and lockers for each resident will allow almost 24-hour access to their rooms. At Streetlink, room access was restricted to overnight hours only.
- A large exterior courtyard, accessed through the building, is available for residents and drop-in visitors. No courtyard was available at Streetlink.
- There is a day storage service available for non-residents and carts can be accommodated on site.
- Washrooms, showers, laundry, training workshops, computer access, kitchen and dining facilities are greatly improved.
- Additional rooms allow more opportunities for group work, counselling and client meetings and services.
- A community policing office is located in the shelter.
- Rock Bay Landing is built to the highest green standards (LEED GOLD) including solar panels on the roof, heat recovery, superior insulation and much more.
- Pets are welcomed at Rock Bay Landing.
- There will be many more volunteer opportunities for community members.