A supportive housing project in Gibsons is moving forward.

The provincial and federal governments and the Town of Gibsons are partnering to create 40 homes for people who are experiencing homelessness.

The federal government is transferring the land, the former RCMP site on School Road, to the Town of Gibsons, while the Province is providing capital and operating funding for the project.

40 self-contained studio homes will be built with on-site support to provide stability.

RainCity Housing, which has been successfully operating a temporary winter shelter in Gibsons for the past two winters, will be the operator.

The site still needs to be rezoned and go through a development-permit application process.

A community open house will take place in the coming months and if the project is approved, construction will start this fall, with the goal of occupancy for spring 2020.

Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast says there is a significant need for supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in Gibsons and throughout the Sunshine Coast and he’s happy the project will provide safe and secure housing.

Bill Beamish, mayor for Gibsons says he’s pleased to be moving a little bit closer to a shared vision of safe housing for all.