4410 Kaslo Street planned as next site for temporary modular housing

New homes in East Vancouver would house approximately 50 of the city's most vulnerable residents

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December 1 2017 –

The City of Vancouver and the Province have taken the latest step towards creating 600 new homes for Vancouver's homeless residents with the planned addition of temporary modular housing at 4410 Kaslo Street.

This site is the fourth to be announced as 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 will hold community information sessions with local residents, businesses, community gardeners, schools, neighbourhood houses 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.

The new homes at 4410 Kaslo St 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 Government of B.C. to build 2,000 units of temporary modular housing across the province.

4410 Kaslo St details

It is expected that the proposed site would accommodate about 50 units. The building would be managed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by an experienced non-profit housing operator selected by BC Housing.

The building would be located close to the 29th Avenue Skytrain station in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. Support services would be available to all tenants.

There is currently a community garden located on the proposed site. The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board will work with the gardeners to find a suitable location to relocate the community garden.

There will be also a public engagement process to guide the siting and design of the relocated community garden.

Read the full decision from the Vancouver Park Board (82 KB)

The City will also work to retain the majority of the existing trees that are currently along the north and west edges of the site.

Temporary modular housing in Vancouver

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 this fall until the end of next year, 1,000 new social and supportive housing units will open across Vancouver.  All of the developments will be managed safely and responsibly by experienced non-profit housing operators.

The City is planning temporary modular housing at the following locations:

  • 7430 and 7460 Heather Street (650 West 57th Avenue)
  • 1115,1131, and 1141 Franklin St
  • 501 Powell St

Additional sites for temporary modular housing will be announced in the near future.

As part of the City's Housing Vancouver strategy that was approved by Council this week, a target of 12,000 new units of permanent social and supportive housing will open over the next 10 years.

The City is also working together with BC Housing to open 300 temporary shelter spaces this winter as a way for those living on the street to get out of the cold.

Learn more about temporary modular housing