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7430 & 7460 Heather Street (Reiderman Residence)

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In an effort to address the effects of the homelessness crisis in Vancouver, the City of Vancouver is working alongside the provincial government and BC Housing to build 600 units of Temporary Modular Housing on vacant sites across the city.  As part of this initiative, the Pearson Dogwood site was selected because it was waiting to be redeveloped and allowed for quick connections to water, sewer, and hydro for tenants to move into homes quickly.

This development, called Reiderman Residence, consists of two 3-storey temporary modular buildings with each containing 39 units.  14 suites are designed to accommodate persons with accessibility requirements, which feature customized layouts and user-friendly adaptive designs.  Features include private bathrooms and kitchens, shared laundry, and communal amenity spaces (indoor and outdoor).

Both buildings will be managed by Community Builders Group, an experienced supportive and low-income housing provider with 15 years of experience in Vancouver’s urban core area specializing in tenant support for persons with a variety of needs.  This site has a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that includes community members, parent advisory Council individuals, and others representing community interests.  It is named Reiderman Residence.

1131 Franklin Street (Chartrand Place)

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Construction is completed at this site and the building is called Chartrand Place, which provides 39 new homes.  Each new unit will be around 250 sq. ft. and will contain a bathroom and a kitchen.  The building will have a shared laundry and communal amenity spaces (indoor and outdoor).  Seven suites are designed with customized layouts and user-friendly adaptive features to accommodate persons with accessibility requirements. The building will be in place for up to five years, with the possibility to extend another five years.  It is named Chartrand Place.

The non-profit housing operator, PHS Community Services Society, will be responsible for the building maintenance and will be providing support to tenants, including:

  • Individualized support plans
  • Support to attend or receive health services
  • Opportunities for volunteer work
  • Connections to community groups
  • Opportunities for social events

525 Powell Street (Aneki House for Women)

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Construction is complete at this site and the building is called Aneki House for Women, which provides 39 new homes for women in the Downtown Eastside.  Each new unit is around 250 sq. ft. and contains a bathroom and a kitchen.  The building has a shared laundry and communal amenity spaces (indoor and outdoor).  Seven suites are designed with customized layouts and user-friendly adaptive features to accommodate persons with accessibility requirements.  The building will be in place for up to five years, with the possibility to extend another five years.

Atira, the non-profit housing operator, is committed to operating a supportive housing program for women living in a shared living environment.  They will be responsible for the building maintenance and will be providing support to tenants, including:

  • Individualized support plans
  • Support to attend or receive health services
  • Opportunities for volunteer work
  • Connections to community groups
  • Opportunities for social events

4480 Kaslo Street

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The Temporary Modular Housing site at 4480 Kaslo St has been approved and construction is underway of the three-storey building, which will contain 52 new homes.  Each new unit will be around 320 sq. ft. and will contain a bathroom and a kitchen.  The building will have a shared commercial kitchen, laundry, and communal amenity spaces (indoor and outdoor).  The Park Board in partnership with the City are working to relocate the community garden that exists on the site to Slocan Park across the street.  It is expected to complete this summer.

Atira, the non-profit housing operator, is committed to operating a supportive housing program living in a shared living environment.  They will be responsible for the building maintenance and will be providing support to tenants, including:

  • Individualized support plans
  • Support to attend or receive health services
  • Opportunities for volunteer work
  • Connections to community groups
  • Opportunities for social events

2132 Ash Street

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The Temporary Modular Housing lots at 2132 Ash Street have been approved.  Below are the details:

  • The site is expected to have one temporary modular housing building
  • The building will be three storeys and contain approximately 52 single studio homes
  • All units will be self-contained dwellings with a private bathroom and kitchen, as well as a communal kitchen
  • At least 10% of the homes will be wheelchair accessible

BC Housing has selected PHS Community Services Society (PHS) as the non-profit housing operator to oversee tenanting and management of the building, as well as to provide support services to the tenants 24/7, including life skills training, volunteer work, employment preparation, and connections to community-based programs.

This housing is being developed in coordination with the False Creek South Neighbourhood Planning Program.

Little Mountain – 155 East 37th Avenue

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Little Mountain is being considered as a location for temporary modular housing. It is expected that the proposed site would accommodate about 50 homes.  Below are the details:

  • The site is expected to have one temporary modular housing building
  • The building will be three storeys and contain approximately 46 single studio homes
  • All units will be self-contained dwellings with a private bathroom and kitchen
  • At least 10% of the homes will be wheelchair accessible

BC Housing has selected Coast Foundation Society (Coast Mental Health) as the non-profit housing operator for the site.

River District – 3183 Pierview Crescent (Parcel 3)

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This is an approved 6-storey social housing project in River District with one level of below grade parking.  The project will deliver 89 affordable rental units with 78% targeted for families.

River District – 3245 Pierview Crescent (Parcel 5A)

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This is an approved 5-storey affordable housing project in the River District.  The project will deliver 51 affordable rental units with 61% targeted for families.

River District – 3175 Riverwalk Avenue (Parcel 8A)

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This is an approved 5-storey affordable housing project in the new community of River District in southeast Vancouver.  The building is designed to accommodate 109 new below market rental homes with close to 66% being family sized units.

2221 Main Street

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Main Street is a full-block, City-owned site on Main between 6th and 7th Avenue in the Mount Pleasant ‘Lower Main’ area. The proposal is to build 10 storeys with ground floor commercial space and dwelling units above as well as a significant public open space at the southern end of the site that is being delivered by the Park Board department at the City of Vancouver.  The intent is to bring 145 units of below market rental to the Mount Pleasant area with 50% targeted to families.

 

177 West Pender Street

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Currently in the rezoning process, 177 West Pender Street is a mid-block site located in Victory Square, on the north side of Pender Street.  It is a vacant site, which was previously used as a surface parking lot.  The project is proposed as a 10-storey social housing development with approximately 100 micro dwelling and studio units.

 

3510 Fraser Street

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This Low Emissions Green Building development is situated at the southeast corner of Fraser Street and 19th Avenue.  The proposal is for a 6-storey mixed-use building with approximately 58 studio and one bedroom units of social housing for seniors, and a seniors centre on the ground floor.  BC Housing has provided Preliminary Project approval for a grant towards the social housing component.

Community Land Trust Foundation (CLT) has been selected as the Housing Operator.  For tenanting information, please contact CLT at 604-879-5111 or cltrust.ca.

411 Seniors Centre Society (1977) is the non-profit seniors organization that will be operating the seniors centre.

SW Marine Drive (55-79 & 87-115 SW Marine Drive)

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Currently in the rezoning process, SW Marine Drive (55-79 and 87-115 SW Marine Drive) is proposed as two 6-storey, social housing buildings with one level of underground parking located on the north side of SW Marine Dr.  The project is proposed for 102 social housing units with 53% family units.

220 Terminal Avenue

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The City of Vancouver donated undeveloped, City-owned land to VAHA for this project. Funding to support VAHA’s temporary modular housing development also comes from the Government of Canada, Vancity, and a private donation.  This is Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing development, which helps address the affordable housing problems in Vancouver.  This innovative building solution provides interim homes for 40 residents on low and fixed-income.

The 3-storey building contains 40 apartments that use modular construction to provide housing on sites on a temporary basis. Modular housing is a form of construction that consists of multiple sections or modules that are typically manufactured off-site. Completed modules are transported to the building site and assembled by a crane.  They can be placed quickly and house residents almost immediately after setup.

58 West Hastings Street

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The innovative project will create a development with about 231 homes and a 55,000 square foot integrated health centre.  This project is in partnership with the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and Vancouver Coastal Health.  It is Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s goal to raise $30m of private funding to secure 50% of the units for low and fixed income people.  The project team will work with the community and other levels of government to advocate for deeper affordability.

River District – 8501 Boundary Road (Parcel 43A)

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This is an approved 5-storey social housing project in the River District (located in southeast Vancouver) with two levels of below-grade parking.  The project will deliver 117 affordable rental units with 70% targeted for families.