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Beckman Apartments supportive housing opens in Maple Ridge

MLAs Mark Dalton and Doug Bing were part of the opening ceremony. - Special to The TIMES
MLAs Mark Dalton and Doug Bing were part of the opening ceremony.
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Beckman Apartments is now open in Maple Ridge.

“Beckman Apartments is a result of our government’s ongoing commitment to develop housing and supports that help people living with mental illness,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Thanks to this joint investment, the community is better equipped to respond to the needs of all of its residents.”

“People in the Maple Ridge region living with mental illness now have a new supportive place to call home, said Doug Bing, MLA Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “Beckman Apartments provides residents with the support they need to recover in the community,”

The new 20-bed residence provides a home-like environment in self-contained studio apartments. Located close to community amenities and public transit, Beckman Apartments is wheelchair accessible, and has common dining spaces for residents to come together to eat and socialize.

“This housing will provide Maple Ridge residents in need with a safe place to gain control and find meaning in their lives,” said Marc Dalton, MLA Maple Ridge-Mission.

The assisted living residence is staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, by mental health-care workers and professional nursing staff. Through their own goals and plans, residents will gain the skills and experience needed to reach their optimal lifestyle.“The goal of all of our services at Fraser Health is recovery.

Evidence now shows individuals who are empowered to take charge of their own health and wellness by developing plans and goals not only get well, but stay well,” said Michael Marchbank, president and CEO, Fraser Health. “Beckman Apartments provides individuals with more independent care options where they can be more in control of their lives and their illness.”

“MPA Society is excited to welcome Beckman Apartments to our continuum of community housing programs,” said David MacIntyre, executive director, MPA Society. “As a reflection of our partnership with BC Housing and Fraser Health, Beckman Apartments represents a creative and future-focused model of support for our members that strives to encourage independence, self-direction and accountability. Supported in an environment of empowerment and respect, members focus on strength-based plans that create a path for their road to recovery from mental health issues.”

Beckman Apartments is on the same site as Beckman House, a 21 bed licensed residential care facility. Across the street are eight bridging units, which provide independent living options for residents. All three house people with mental illness. Together, they create a mental health residential campus.

Beckman Apartments is a partnership between the Government of British Columbia, Fraser Health, and the MPA Society, a non-profit housing and service provider that provides recovery-focused support for individuals with mental health challenges.

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