On a beautiful acreage in the heart of Cloverdale sits an old white farm house – a much needed temporary shelter for Surrey residents experiencing homelessness, operated by Options Community Resource Society. Beside the farm house is an expansive garden where clients can build valuable life and work skills cultivating delicious produce for the Hyland House shelter kitchen. Residents, often seniors facing aging on the streets, find new ways of living and regain their health before they find permanent housing.
The home provides 10 beds for men and women in single or double rooms. Meals, laundry and showers are available, with each resident helping with chores around the farmhouse. The shelter is a special place for Options and its residents — a place of tranquility away from the hustle of the City in which to find some peace, and a place that provides security as individuals find their feet. The home is also quite unique in that at any given time, one pet is allowed to stay at the house, something that is often a barrier at other shelters. Where those facing homelessness have faced so much lose, being able to keep a loved pet can really make difference to their wellbeing.
The old farmhouse is well used, and needs replacing. Options is in the planning stages to build a purpose- built shelter and transitional housing on the site to better meet the needs of our homeless.
When asked about the Hyland Cloverdale shelter, Peter Fedos say, “It’s a safe and quiet place, that helps people rebuild and reclaim their lives.””
– Peter Fedos, Senior Program Manager, Options Community Resources
Still in the design stage, the new building will provide between 12 and 16 shelter beds and 12 transition housing units. Options has plans to expand the farm and use it as a job training opportunity for clients.
In 2013, Surrey Homelessness & Housing granted funds to Options allowing them to prepare building plans and to reach out to the community where they found welcome support for the expanded facility. With this grant, Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society was able to help Options get one step closer to their dream of a new facility in 2015.