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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 are being 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.

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 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.

The non-profit housing operator, PHS Community Services Society, is responsible for the building maintenance and has been 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 (Sarah Ross House)

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The construction of Temporary Modular Housing site at 4480 Kaslo St is completed.  This three-storey building contains 52 new homes.  Each new unit is around 320 sq. ft. and contains a bathroom and a kitchen.  The building has a shared commercial kitchen, laundry, and communal amenity spaces (indoor and outdoor).

Atira, the non-profit housing operator, is committed to operating a supportive housing program in the shared living environment.  They are responsible for the building maintenance and are 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 (M. Mitchell Place)

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Construction of the temporary modular housing at 2132 Ash Street is complete.  Below are the details of this project:

  • 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 – 137 East 37th Avenue

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The construction of Temporary Modular Housing site at 137 E 37th Ave is completed.  This three-storey building contains 46 new homes.  Each new unit is around 320 sq. ft. and contains a bathroom and a kitchen.  The building has a  commercial kitchen, laundry, and communal amenity spaces (indoor and outdoor).

The non-profit housing operator, Coast Mental Health, is responsible for the building maintenance and 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

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 near 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 74 units, including micro, studio, and family units.

Estimated Completion: Q2 2020

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.

Estimated Completion: Q3 2020

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.

Estimated Completion: Q4 2020

610 and 620 Cambie Street

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This site will contain 2 three-storey temporary modular housing buildings with a total of 98 single studio homes.  Each building will have a shared commercial kitchen, laundry, and communal amenity spaces (indoor and outdoor). Each new home will be around 320 sq. ft. and will contain a bathroom and a kitchen.  Priority for tenanting would be given to people experiencing homelessness or people at risk of becoming homeless living in the local neighbourhood.  At least 10% of the homes would be wheelchair accessible.

All tenants would have customized supports based on their needs, which may include: referral to healthcare services, life-skills training, employment preparation, access to educational opportunities and volunteer work, connections to community groups, and opportunities for social events.

In 2013, City of Vancouver City Council approved a portion of this site for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. The City and its partners acknowledge the importance of this development and the proposed temporary modular housing project will not delay or impede the new Vancouver Art Gallery delivery.

5077 and 5095 Heather Street

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This site will contain two three-storey temporary modular housing buildings with a total of 98 single studio homes.  Each building will have a shared commercial kitchen, laundry, and communal amenity spaces (indoor and outdoor), while each new unit will be around 320 sq. ft. and will contain a bathroom and a kitchen.

For the two new buildings on this site, priority will be given to Indigenous residents experiencing homelessness. The focus on supporting Indigenous residents in these buildings is in line with the need identified through Vancouver’s annual homeless count, which shows Indigenous people make up 40 per cent of Vancouver’s homeless population. At least 10% of the homes will be wheelchair accessible.

All tenants would have customized supports based on their needs, which may include: referral to healthcare services, life-skills training, employment preparation, access to educational opportunities and volunteer work, connections to community groups, and opportunities for social events.

The proposed temporary modular housing is separate from the upcoming rezoning and permanent development of the Heather Lands site. The approved policy statement for this site acknowledges that temporary uses such as modular housing can be accommodated to make efficient use of land and activate sites prior to redevelopment or during the construction phase.

Estimated Completion: November 2018

265 West 1st Avenue

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This location will be the site for a three-storey temporary modular housing building consisting of 52 single studio homes.  Each new unit will be around 320 sq. ft., which will contain a bathroom and a kitchen.  The building will have a shared commercial kitchen, laundry, and communal amenity spaces (indoor and outdoor).  Priority for tenanting would be given to people experiencing homelessness or people at risk of becoming homeless living in the local neighbourhood.  At least 10% of the homes would be wheelchair accessible.

PHS Community Services will be responsible for the maintenance of the building and will provide 24/7 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

The proposed site will neighbour Sole Food’s Olympic Village Farm, which is a social enterprise that transforms urban land into street farms. The City and BC Housing are working on potential links between urban farming and the proposed new housing.

This parcel is part of the Southeast False Creek Official Development Plan. The City and its partners acknowledge the community’s contribution to this plan and its commitment to provide permanent affordable housing on the site.  Temporary modular housing would not impact delivery of any permanent housing onsite.

898 Main Street

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This location is being considered as a site for a three-storey temporary modular housing building consisting of 52 single studio homes.  The project will not delay or impede the delivery of the approved Northeast False Creek Plan, which includes the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, development of permanent social housing, and establishment of a cultural centre for the Black Community on the 898 Main Street block (Hogan’s Alley block).

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).  Priority for tenanting would be given to Indigenous residents experiencing homelessness and at least 10% of the homes would be wheelchair accessible.

BC Housing will select an experienced nonprofit housing operator to manage the building and provide on-site support services to the residents. All tenants would have customized supports based on their needs, which may include: healthcare, social services, life-skills training, employment preparation, access to educational opportunities and volunteer work, connections to community groups, and opportunities for social events.

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 230 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.