Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency

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Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) is a City-controlled, but legally separate, entity created to implement the recommendations from the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability.

The housing agency's goals are to:

  • Ensure resources and projects align with Council goals and objectives
  • Deliver housing as quickly, efficiently, and affordably as possible through standardized processes, economies of scale, and clear decision making
  • Identify where the greatest impact can be made, and act as a catalyst for innovative housing ideas and models
  • Evaluate outcomes and share learnings with the City and senior levels of government, driving standardization and streamlining of processes across multiple delivery platforms

Temporary Modular Homes Initiative update

November 22, 2016 - Council will consider proposed temporary modular housing (TMH) definition, regulations and amendments to existing City-owned CD-1 sites, and design guidelines. The proposed amendments are to add a new definition for temporary modular housing and associated regulations to the Zoning and Development Bylaw and to amend four City-owned CD-1 sites to allow TMH. Design guidelines are also proposed to ensure high quality design and neighbourhood fit.  

The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 6:00pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. To speak at the meeting, register from 8:30am on December 2, 2016, until 5:00pm on December 13, 2016.

For more information, contact Graham Anderson at 604-673-8479.

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September 28, 2016 – Horizon North was the successful proponent of our request for proposal (RFP) to develop the first temporary modular housing project. The Horizon North proposal showed a good understanding of the scope for the project and provided a balance between form and function. Through clever use of innovative design ideas and products, the building can be relocated and reconfigured to fit a number of different sites. Even the foundation system is adaptable and reusable.

Artist's rendering of the temporary modular homes proposal by Horizon North

The 14,875 square foot building will feature 40 single occupancy suites with self-contained bathrooms and kitchens, individual climate control, and private living space. The central building features include indoor and outdoor amenity space, central laundry and a number of wheelchair accessible suites on the first floor.

May 12, 2016 – We are taking the next step in the process of delivering temporary modular homes. This form of construction is a cost-effective way to quickly increase the supply of affordable housing until more permanent housing can be built.

What is modular housing?

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.

Earlier this spring, we undertook a request for qualification process and shortlisted 12 companies with experience delivering modular homes. We invited the top five companies to bid on the first two pilot projects.

Request for proposal issued for pilot site

We issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a pilot site, located at 1500 Main Street, to advance due-diligence studies and site-specific project designs.

  • 1500 Main will accommodate approximately 40 to 80 micro homes (with private bathrooms and kitchens) and amenity space.
  • All of these homes will be available to individuals on income assistance or fixed incomes.
  • The pilot project will be operated by a non-profit society that we are in the process of selecting.

The successful proponent has submitted an application for a temporary development permit for each site. As part of that process, a formal community notification process will take place to seek input from neighbouring residents and businesses. The development permit application includes more detailed information on the non-profit that will operate and manage the homes.

Shortlisted companies

The five proponents for the pilot projects were:

Following the pilot projects, future opportunities for modular housing projects will be opened to all 12 shortlisted companies, which further include:

Tenanting process

The building will be operated by our Non-Market Operations, and tenants will be selected from other City-owned and operated non-market housing.

Questions and comments

Get more information on our non-market inventory

Prequalified developer partners

In March 2015, VAHA posted a request for qualifications (RFQ) to select partners for a prequalified shortlist to develop affordable housing on City-owned land.

The following partners were selected to participate:

  • Boffo Developments
  • Bosa Properties
  • Boston Construction Group
  • Concert Properties
  • Concord Pacific
  • Cressey Development Group
  • Eighth Avenue Development Group
  • Intracorp
  • Lang Wilson – Kindred
  • Lark Group
  • Marcon Developments
  • VanMar Constructors Inc.
  • Ventana Construction Corporation
  • Wesgroup
  • Westbank Corp
  • Solterra Group of Companies
  • Thind Properties

Board of directors

The Housing Agency’s board includes senior City staff and four at-large directors with skills and experience in real estate and development, finance, legal, design and planning, rental management, and affordable housing.

Cassie Doyle

Cassie Doyle

Cassie Doyle is the CEO of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) based at UBC.  CIRDI works with developing countries to improve how they develop, manage and benefit from their natural resources.

Cassie came to CIRDI after serving as consul general for Northern California where she strengthened Canadian linkages to the Silicon Valley.

Cassie started her career with the City of Ottawa working in social housing before progressing into senior leadership roles in the BC and federal public services.  She served in a number of deputy minister roles including as BC's deputy minister of housing.

Ken Clement

Ken Clement

Ken Clement, of Ktunaxa First Nation ancestry, is CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, a recent member of the Vancouver School Board, the first Aboriginal trustee to serve on the board, and a long-time champion for Aboriginal housing and employment.

Ken has served as president of the Lu’ma Native Housing Society for more than 20 years, working to provide affordable housing to Aboriginal families and individuals with low to moderate incomes.

Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman is the founder of Treetop Strategy, an advisory firm working to build a solutions economy – unlocking economic value by creating social good. She previously held executive roles with Tides Canada, Teck Resources, and Weyerhaeuser.

Sarah is the founding chair of New Market Funds, a specialized fund manager that invests to deliver market competitive financial performance with community benefit. She is also a founding board member of Reconciliation Canada. Previous board roles include TransLink, Iisaak Forest Resources, and the Coast Mental Health Foundation. Sarah helped green the 2010 Winter Olympics as a member of a sustainability advisory committee to the board.

Bruce Tidball

Bruce Tidball

Bruce Tidball is president of Tidball Projects and for close to 20 years has provided major project management, construction, and owner representation services for developers throughout the Lower Mainland including on some of the city’s most well-known properties: the Shangri-La Hotel, Village on False Creek, and Shaw Tower.

Bruce has provided construction and development advisory services in the Vancouver construction market for the design and construction of multiple residential, office, retail, hotel, and mixed-use projects.

Patrice Impey

Patrice Impey

Patrice Impey is the chief financial officer and general manager of financial services for the City of Vancouver.

She oversees all aspects of finance, risk, supply chain, business planning, and information technology for the City.

Patrice has over 20 years’ experience in senior financial and operational management positions in the private and public sectors.

Bill Aujla

Bill Aujla

Bill Aujla is the general manager of real estate facilities management for the City of Vancouver, a position he has held for the last two and a half years.

Before this, Bill served as the project manager for Southeast False Creek and Olympic Village.

Bill has also worked as a solicitor for the City of Vancouver’s law department, an articled student at BLG Law Firm, a financial analyst for the Coast Mountain Bus Company in Surrey, and a civil engineer for the City of Vancouver Engineering Services.


Luke Harrison

Luke Harrison is interim CEO of VAHA, formerly senior planner. Luke led a team of project directors and development managers to develop market and affordable rental housing on City of Vancouver land. Luke brings extensive experience in business development and acquisition activities to generate affordable housing.

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