Victoria SAFER Initiative
2021 Victoria, BC
I was approached by AVI Health and Community Services, partnered with SOLID Outreach Society, to renovate a 1918 downtown storefront into a safe supply center / supervised consumption site.
The project is funded by Health Canada and called the SaferVic initiative, which “follows a comprehensive model and employs a team of physicians, nurses, outreach workers, and systems navigators who currently work with 89 unsheltered people in Victoria to connect them to prescription medication and other supports.”
I was brought on as the general contractor and oversaw the transformation of the space, from an old pizza shop into a front waiting room, supervised consumption area, two doctor’s offices, and a secure storage area for prescription medicines.
Read more about the project:
Capital Daily - “'Excited and relieved': Victoria safe supply project receives federal funding for 3 more years”
Times Colonist - “Federal government provides $4M for Victoria safer drug program“