Residents fear they’ll ‘lose everything’ as closure looms for B.C. home for people with mental illness – CBC

2 of 12 residents at Buena Vista Lodge in White Rock have found new homes, Fraser Health says

Mar 09, 2023

With less than three months to go until the closure of a Metro Vancouver assisted living facility for people with mental illness, some residents say they still have no idea where their next home will be.

The folks who live in Buena Vista Lodge in White Rock, about 50 kilometres southeast of Vancouver near the Canada-U.S. border, have been told the home will be closed permanently on May 31.

Operators of the privately run home have decided not to renew their service agreements with Fraser Health, blaming a decrease in funding, while the health authority has declined to consider new operators, saying it’s dedicating resources elsewhere.

So far, Fraser Health says two of the 12 residents have moved to new homes, and those who remain will be offered space in another city. A third resident was discharged from Buena Vista because they weren’t suited to the program, and they’re still awaiting a new placement.

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