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City invites residents to tour temporary modular housing display suite

September 25 2017 Temporary modular housing would provide much needed housing for Vancouver's homeless residents

"There is an immediate need for temporary modular housing to get our most vulnerable residents off the streets and into safe, secure housing until more permanent options are available," says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Suite showing a bed, dresser, and armchair inside the temporary modular housing building at 220 Terminal Avenue

We invite the public to tour a temporary modular housing display suite, located first at Robson Square followed by John Hendry Park (Trout Lake), to learn more about our goals to help those hardest hit by the housing crisis.

We hope to work alongside the provincial government to build hundreds of new units of temporary modular housing on vacant City-owned land across Vancouver.

"There is an immediate need for temporary modular housing to get our most vulnerable residents off the streets and into safe, secure housing until more permanent options are available," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Vancouver is ready to get to work with the provincial government to deliver temporary modular homes quickly on vacant land across the city in time for the winter. I encourage all residents to visit the temporary modular display this week and see how it will be an important part of addressing Vancouver's housing crisis by supporting our most vulnerable."

Tour a display unit

The temporary modular display unit will be open to the public at Robson Square from September 25 to October 3, followed by John Hendry Park (Trout Lake) from October 5 to October 15.

The unit gives visitors the opportunity to tour the inside of the display suite and learn more about temporary modular housing.

The suite was constructed by Horizon North, who worked with the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) to build the City's first temporary modular housing project at 220 Terminal Avenue, which provides interim homes for 40 residents on low and fixed incomes.

Benefits of temporary modular housing

The need for new types of affordable housing in Vancouver is significant. We are committed to providing the right type of housing, with the right supports, for lower income and homeless residents in Vancouver.

Temporary modular housing is a quick and effective way to provide homes, until a more permanent solution is available.

Temporary modular housing is quicker to construct and less time consuming than a traditional building.

The housing is designed to meet the City's building codes, and manufactured in a factory so it can be rapidly assembled on site.

The modules can easily be relocated and configured to fit a range of sites, helping to optimize vacant City or privately-owned lots.

Viewing times

Temporary modular housing display unit viewing times:

Date: September 25 until October 3
Where: Robson Square (at 800 Robson Street, just outside the Vancouver Art Gallery)
When: Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 6:00pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am to 2:30pm

Date: October 4 until October 15 (not open on Monday, Oct 9)
Where: John Henry Park (Trout Lake in the north parking lot near the community centre)
When: Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 6:00pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am to 2:30pm

Learn more about temporary modular housing