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Temporary housing at Skeena House, 3475 East Hastings Street

3475 East Hastings Street Ramada Hotel

In September 2013, the City purchased the Ramada Hotel at 3475 East Hastings to provide temporary housing for about 57 people currently staying in shelters while they wait for permanent housing.

The Skeena House, a name selected by residents, will not be operated as a shelter. All residents will have a tenancy agreement and will pay rent.

Recent developments with this project

Extension of lease approved by Council

June 15, 2016 - Council approved an extension to the lease for up to six years ending on March 31, 2021. The lease of this City owned site is held with Community Builders Benevolence Foundation and additional services to residents are provided by Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society in agreement with the City.

In the longer term, the 3475 East Hastings location is anticipated to be a future redevelopment site. The City owns numerous properties and has purchased this site as a part of the lands for housing acquisition strategy.

View the Skeena transitional housing program description (450 KB)

Community Advisory Committee meeting minutes

April 2, 2014 – The committee met on February 25. You can view the meeting minutes on the Community Builders Benevolence Foundation webpage for documents relating to 3475 East Hastings.

Community Advisory Committee will balance diverse perspectives

January 2014 – 16 volunteer members from the project, partner agencies, and the community formed the Community Advisory Committee. Members were selected to balance various voices and represent larger groups. The committee includes:

  • 4 project members from Community Builders (the operator), Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Society (the partner), and the building tenants
  • 4 partner agency members from Vancouver Police, the Community Policing Centre, the City of Vancouver, and BC Housing
  • 8 community members from local organizations, businesses, residents, the Vancouver School Board, and school parent advisory committees

Information session

December 11, 2013 – The City held an information session about the temporary housing (amenities, tenants, operations, and timeline) and how it relates to our goal of ending street homelessness by 2015.

At this meeting, participants were invited to join a Community Advisory Committee to monitor progress and mitigate any issues that may arise. The committee will include representation from:

  • Local residents and businesses
  • BC Housing
  • Building operators, Community Builders Benevolence Foundation and Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Society
  • City of Vancouver
  • Vancouver Police Department
  • Vancouver School Board

Project materials

Community Advisory Committee documents

Details on the temporary housing

Housing

  • On-site support services
  • Referrals to community health, employment, mental health, and addiction services
  • Some food provided (rooms have no kitchens)
  • Shared indoor amenity space
  • Separate quiet area

Tenants

  • Selected mainly from people living in shelters and on the streets who are of Aboriginal descent
  • Assessed by nonprofit operator for readiness to move in, and for needed supports and services
  • Transitioning from staying in a shelter to living in temporary housing for up to two years and then moving to permanent housing

Operator

The City has selected the Community Builders Benevolence Foundation as the operator in partnership with Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Society. Both nonprofit organizations have experience working with low-income and homeless individuals. Learn more about these organizations:

Council has committed to ending street homelessness by 2015, while increasing affordable housing choices for all residents. This includes creating more housing that is accessible, affordable, and suitable for seniors, families, and people challenged by disabilities, regardless of income level.

The Housing and Homelessness Strategy lays out the City's overall direction for housing. The strategy identifies the different kinds of housing necessary to meet the needs of all our residents, as well as ways to improve and preserve the housing we already have.

  • Learn more about the housing strategy