HYAD Place Opens

It was a bright sunny morning inside and out at the official opening of HYAD Place located at 2130 Chesterfield Avenue in North Vancouver.

HYAD Place provides a housing option that offers stable, affordable, accessible housing which furthers community inclusion, facilitates connections with services, incorporates supports, enhances safety and aids life transitions and independence.

HYAD Place is a 16 unit supportive housing project for young adults with developmental disabilities.  The project allows its young residents to remain in their familiar community while keeping strong personal networks in place, to live independently in their own apartments but also collectively, as the project features amenity space, a charming deck and a kitchen for preparing common meals.  An outreach worker works with residents to plan and develop group activities and programs that enhance practical, co-operative and safety skills.  An on-site property manager is available for security and to respond to emergencies.

Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business and MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale opened the welcoming speeches saying "it is so wonderful to see the completed building", describing it as "one of the best days I can recall since being elected".  Minister Yamamoto called HYAD Place "a true labour of love" and lauded the project which "fosters independence and builds friendships".

North Vancouver Mayor, Darrell Mussatto said "what a wonderful day to be celebrating the opening of HYAD Place!"  He described how important it was for North Vancouver to "respond to the real challenge around housing" in the community.  He stressed that changes in the community were necessary and the only way to get projects like HYAD Place built, saying that we "must make sure the community that changes includes everyone".

President of HYAD Society, Clay Knowlton admitted "the project was a roller coaster ride" but "we stayed true to our dream".  Mr. Knowlton said that HYAD Place proves that this model can work for other municipalities.  He thanked Terra for their expertise, especially at the start of the project, and Development Manager, Adele Wilson and Director of Capital Finance, Riitta Gunning for keeping the Society on track. 

Terra began working with HYAD in 2006, helping the Society submit several funding applications, identify a site (the old North Vancouver School Board site) and move the project forward to successful completion.