HYAD Place Breaks Ground

Excited dignitaries and guests, parents and future residents gathered to mark the official start of construction for this long awaited project.  HYAD Place will be a 16 unit supportive housing project for young adults with developmental disabilities, located on Chesterfield Avenue in North Vancouver.

Board member Vera Frinton Davis hosted the ceremony, stating “I don’t think we ever, ever thought this day would come!”  She introduced guest speakers Naomi Yamamoto, MLA for North Vancouver, who stated “HYAD Place is a true labour of love”, Mayor Darrell Mussatto, and Cavan Stevens, Vice-President of HYAD, who declared the project will be “an example and a template for many other families in this situation”.  Final speaker, Danny MacLean, a future resident of HYAD Place, warmly thanked the Province and the City for their contributions.

The HYAD Society was formed by the parents of young adults with developmental disabilities because they were concerned about what the future would hold for their children once they were no longer able to take care of them and banded together to create an exciting housing model.  This project, HYAD Place, will be a home that will allow the young residents to live independently in their own apartments but also collectively, as the project will feature amenity space and a kitchen for preparing common dinners.  Life skill workers will plan and develop group activities and programs that will enhance practical, co-operative and safety skills for the residents.  There will be a manager available 24 hours/day for security and to respond to any emergency.

HYAD Place will enable residents to remain in their familiar community, keep strong personal networks in place and reduce the future cost of government assistance.

Terra has been working with HYAD since 2006, helping the Society to move the project forward to construction.