Ending and Preventing Homelessness in the Yukon

The Safe at Home Society works to end and prevent homelessness in the Yukon, bringing together service agencies, government partners, landlords, community members and people with lived experience of homelessness to connect people with housing and supports.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 28th, 2022

Safe at Home Society is looking to begin construction on former High Country Inn for Spring 2023 and is working to utilize building as temporary housing over winter months

Whitehorse, YT (October 28, 2022) – The former Coast High Country Inn was purchased by Safe at Home Society (SAHS) in January 2022 with plans to create 55 new units of affordable housing. Funding for this project is provided by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Government of Yukon’s - Yukon Housing Corporation.

In spring of 2022, SAHS continued consulting with a design team and more extensive building assessments were completed in preparation for the building’s repair and renovation. These assessments determined that code-related renovations would be required. As a result, SAHS is now facing unforeseen obstacles that will impact both budget and timeline for completion.

SAHS is aiming for construction starting in the Spring of 2023 and are working with all current and future funding partners to meet the additional financial needs of the project. An added benefit of the necessary redesign is the potential to create 12 additional units of affordable housing, increasing the total to 67 units from the original 55.

“Our organization is starkly aware of the urgent housing needs of people in the community, and so we are working to utilize the former hotel as temporary housing throughout the winter months” says Kate Mechan, Executive Director. A temporary occupancy permit is anticipated to be received November 2022.

SAHS remains committed to its mission to end and prevent homelessness and recognizes that the renovation of the former Coast High Country Inn project is of utmost importance to the community.

For more information:
Kate Mechan, Executive Director, Safe at Home Society
(867) 334-9310 or ed@safeathomeyukon.ca

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4051 - 4th Avenue Rapid Housing

4051 - 4th Avenue is a new permanent supportive housing project operated by the Safe at Home Society for individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Transforming a former commercial hotel into 55 self-contained suites, the project will provide affordable, secure, and supportive housing for a mixed demographic of individuals in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon. Learn more!

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Our Services

At Safe at Home, we are busy taking a multi-pronged approach to ending homelessness. You’ll find our team working with landlords to support housing accessibility and stability, our Coordinated Access Coordinator working with other service providers to ensure the By-Name List is up to date and serving those in need housing, and our Housing Stability, Support and Referral Workers supporting individuals to find or keep their housing. In addition, we collaborate with other housing providers and advocates for housing by working together on our common goal to end homelessness in Yukon.

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Community Connections

Safe at Home Society Yukon believes in the importance of sharing a voice on issues related to homelessness. By participating on various boards and committees, both locally and nationally, we not only stay informed on the latest advances and best practices for ending homelessness in Yukon, but we also provide a voice so our unique Northern context is understood by a larger audience.

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Ending Homelessness

The Safe at Home Society is part of a national campaign to end homelessness called Built for Zero Canada. Utilizing Coordinated Access and a By-Name List, our team collaborates with fellow service providers to ensure we are all working together through a coordinated strategy to end homelessness.

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