The Blood Ties Four Directions Centre Society is seeking the help of Whitehorse residents, building community and land owners.

The Steve Cardiff House – a tiny social housing project by Blood Ties – is in urgent need of new land or a lot on which to situate.

Currently located on Hawkins Street, the Tiny House must move to accommodate a new large housing development.

“Over the past four years, the tiny house provided supported accommodation,” Patricia Bacon, the society’s executive director, said today.

“We want to keep offering our housing program to Yukoners in need. A new lot in which we can place the house is urgently required.”

The Steve Cardiff House was a project developed four years ago as a small step toward helping homeless Yukoners in getting off the streets.

The tiny house – at 240 square feet – provides shelter for someone for up to a year. Over the past four years, the dwelling has had five tenants.

“The development of the project was truly remarkable as the design, build, and municipal community all worked together with Blood Ties to bring the concept to fruition,” said Kristina Craig of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition.

“Significant donations of time, money, and building materials made the project possible.”

The tiny house project allows Blood Ties to provide support housing to its clients.

Society staff work closely with the tenant to connect him/her to health services, including Hepatitis C treatment, nutrition services, and counselling.

Positive outcomes that have resulted from a stay at the Steve Cardiff House include fewer visits to the emergency room, an exit from the criminal justice system, better adherence to medications, and better nutrition.

“The Steve Cardiff House and the support provided to the tenant by Blood Ties is an integral and unique part of the housing picture in Whitehorse,” said Charlotte Hrenchuk of the Yukon Status of Women Council.

“It provides hope and concrete help to vulnerable people in our community.”

A new home for the tiny house should be within city bus routes and requires space of about 10 metres by seven metres. A downtown backyard or an undeveloped lot would work.

Blood Ties is asking people who might be able to help to contact them at 335-9067 or email:

executivedirector@bloodties.ca or housing@bloodties.ca

The society strives to eliminate barriers and create opportunities for people to have equal access to health and wellness and to live in the community with dignity.

Blood Ties works with people who are living with HIV, Hepatitis C, and those vulnerable to infection due to addiction, poverty and homelessness.

The house is named after the former NDP MLA who died at the age of 53 in a highway collision south of Whitehorse in July 2011.


Originally published:
July 12, 2016
Whitehorse Daily Star
Photos: Vince Federoff