Kal Naay, Alder House 

Kal Naay, Alder House is a 19 unit supportive living complex funded and owned by BC Housing and operated under contract by the Queen Charlotte Heritage Housing Society at 136 Second Avenue. It was initiated under the Rapid Response to Homelessness program established by the BC government. The new
building is expected to be completed early 2021.

The Society’s guiding principle for operating Kal Naay, Alder House is “Housing First.” This approach views housing as the foundation for life improvement and enables access to permanent housing without prerequisites or conditions beyond those of a typical renter. Before an individual can successfully address any social, economic, health or addiction issues, they need food and a stable, secure home. Kal Naay, Alder House also provides support staff who offer assistance to residents in upgrading their life skills and in becoming more self sufficient.

Each unit in Kal Naay, Alder House has its own private bathroom with shower, as well as its own kitchenette. Residents can choose to cook for themselves or have two meals (a cold breakfast and hot dinner) served daily by staff from the commercial kitchen and enjoyed with fellow residents in the communal dining room and lounge. The suites also come with basic furnishings - chairs, a table, a couch and a bed.There are nineteen units. Two suites are barrier-free for individuals with mobility issues.

Kal Naay, Alder House Supportive Housing

Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT WILL THE HOUSING BE LIKE?

Kal Naay, Alder House Supportive Housing is a new purpose-built building and program that is 2 stories, and contains 19 self-contained units, including 2 no-barrier units, a commercial kitchen and dining hall, a clinic office for visiting practitioners. We are staffed 24/7.

WHO CAN LIVE THERE?

Residents/Program Participants will be low-income individuals on Haida Gwaii, 19 years of age and over. Priority will be given to individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Residents will also benefit from the Program Support Workers and programming on site. Kal Naay, Alder House Supportive Housing is designed to provide residents with secure, supported, permanent housing. Kal Naay, Alder House Supportive Housing will also provide the opportunity to make connections with a comprehensive range of support services to facilitate the transition from a previous housing situation or homelessness into stable, supported, permanent housing. The support services are intended to assist the program participant in addressing and enhancing life skills, restoring the ability to maintain healthy, independent lives and eventually maintain a productive independent tenancy. 


WILL THE BUILDING BE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, there will be two fully accessible, no-barrier units.


HOW LONG CAN I LIVE THERE FOR?

This will be permanent housing and there is no length of stay for residents. Residents will be under a Program Agreement and will have the support and assistance of staff should they wish to explore and transition onto other housing options.


WHAT IS THE RENT, AND WHAT OTHER AMENITIES ARE INCLUDED?

Rent will be equivalent to the basic income assistance shelter portion amount (currently $375) or 30% of their income and will include all utilities. There will be a cold breakfast and a hot dinner provided to residents at no additional charge. There will laundry facilities available for residents. There will be clinic space in the building for health services. Other programs will be developed in partnership with residents. 


WHAT WILL THE GUEST POLICIES BE?

In the first 3 months of the building being opened, there will be no guests allowed. This allows the residents and building staff to begin building a sense of community within the building and allow those who have been homeless for extended periods of time to make the transition to living in their own homes. This guest policy will be reviewed after 3 months, with the Queen Charlotte Heritage Housing Society & Kal Naay, Alder House having the discretion to extend this “no guest period" as needed.

Once, the “no guest period” has passed, guests will be allowed to visit with residents in their suites during designated visiting hours. Guests will be required to sign into the building and asked to show ID. For guests that do not have ID, building staff can assist with obtaining ID for building visits.

There will be no allowance for overnight guests. Guest policies may be reviewed and altered by the Queen Charlotte Heritage Housing Society & Kal Naay, Alder House, as needed, in future.  

Residents will be responsible for ensuring that their guests adhere to the expectations outlined in the program agreement. 


CAN I HAVE PETS?

Yes. The building will be pet friendly. Approval of pets will be done on a case-by-case basis.  Participants must adhere to the building’s Pet Policy. 


WILL CHILDREN BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING?

Minors under the age of 19 will not be able to with stay or visit with residents inside of the building. This building and programming are intended for adult use only.


WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING TO THE BUILDING?

The units are all self-contained studio apartments. Basic furniture (bed, table, chair, shelf/storage cabinet) will be provided, and we ask that new residents not bring large furniture items with them. Due to the size of the units, we are also asking that new residents limit their belongings to what can fit into 3 plastic totes (approximately 65L per tote). Residents may also bring with them one complete bicycle. 

Please also be mindful that all belongings coming into the building will subject to the building’s pest control protocol, which includes heat treatment of personal items. More information and instructions to prepare for the heat treatment will be provided to residents and their support workers prior to their move-in day.


WHAT SUPPORTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ARE USING SUBSTANCES?

The building programming will be based on a harm reduction approach which includes the Program Support Worker connecting residents with those outside this life skills program so as to provide people with safe use options, wellness check ins, and working with individuals to identify and connect with desired community supports and/or treatment resources.


WHAT OTHER SUPPORTS WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE BUILDING?

The building will have 24/7 day a week staffing. Staff will be on hand to support residents with their safety, personal goals and health care needs. 


WHO WILL BE OPERATING THE BUILDING?

The building will be operated by the Queen Charlotte Heritage Housing Society.


HOW WILL RESIDENTS BE INVOLVED IN THE BUILDING?

There will be peer opportunities for residents in the building. These will be developed in partnership with residents upon building opening.


HOW CAN I APPLY?

Click on this application link, speak with a staff member or call 778-260-0971. You can also speak with your health care provider to complete an application. Applicants will also be contacted to complete a Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT).

Phone at: 250-559-0040

Email at: manager@alderhouse.ca

Write to Kal Naay, Alder House at: Box 84, Queen Charlotte, V0T 1S0

Drop in to visit at: Sorry, we're not taking visitors yet.

Ph: 250-559-8800

Revised March 2021