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595 and 599 West 2nd Ave planned as next site for temporary modular housing

January 5 2018 The building would house approximately 50 of the city’s most vulnerable residents

Apartments in the Vancouver's West End

The City of Vancouver and the BC government have taken the latest step towards creating 600 new homes for Vancouver’s homeless residents with the planned addition of approximately 50 temporary modular homes at 595 and 599 West 2nd Avenue.

This site is the fifth to be announced, with 260 units of temporary modular housing currently in the development process.

These new homes are part of the urgently needed initiative in Vancouver that will see homeless residents placed directly into housing with supportive services. 

Community information sessions 

The site will be subject to a development permit application process and the City has begun to connect with local residents about the proposed plans.

The City will also hold community information sessions with local residents, businesses, schools and key community groups.

Feedback gathered from the community engagement will inform the Director of Planning’s consideration of the development permit, and also provide BC Housing and the selected non-profit operator with community feedback on the proposed operation of the building. 

Commitment to build temporary modular housing in Vancouver

The new homes at 595 and 599 W 2nd Ave would be funded through the Government of British Columbia’s $66 million commitment to build temporary modular housing in Vancouver, allowing the City and the Province to take bold action on urgently needed housing for homeless residents.

The program in Vancouver is part of a larger initiative led by the BC government, through BC Housing, to build 2,000 units of temporary modular housing across the province. 

It is expected that the proposed site would accommodate about 50 units. The building would be managed safely and responsibly by a non-profit housing operator selected by BC Housing. The non-profit housing operator would staff the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Support services would be available to all tenants. 

Temporary modular housing is a quick and effective way to address the urgent needs of the City’s most vulnerable residents while more permanent housing is being built. From last fall until the end of this year, 1,000 new social and supportive housing units will open across Vancouver.  

As part of the Housing Vancouver strategy, the City has a target of 12,000 new units of permanent social and supportive housing over the next 10 years. The City also works together with BC Housing to open 300 temporary shelter spaces during the winter as a way for those living on the street to get out of the cold. 
 
As the site at 595 and 599 West 2nd Ave is early in the development process, the final address for the site may change depending on building layout and final designs. 

Learn more about temporary modular housing