City plans two new locations of temporary modular housing

Sites on Franklin St and Powell St will be considered as locations for new homes for Vancouver's most vulnerable residents

Apartments in the Vancouver's West End
November 8 2017 –

As part of a plan to create 600 new homes for homeless residents living outside this winter, the City of Vancouver is taking further steps to facilitate the development of temporary modular housing.

Two locations, 1115,1131, and 1141 Franklin St and 501 Powell St, will be considered as the next sites where the new temporary homes could be built.

The B.C. government has committed $66 million to building temporary modular housing on vacant or underused land all across Vancouver, allowing the City and BC Housing to take bold action on urgently needed housing for homeless residents.


1115,1131, and 1141 Franklin St

Next week, Council will consider referring a report to public hearing that would change the land use designation in the Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan (RCS ODP) for 1115,1131, and 1141 Franklin St from Industrial to General Urban, on a temporary basis, so that it can be considered for temporary modular housing. This would allow a new temporary modular housing project to efficiently move into the development permit application process.

City staff continue to work with members of the encampment on this site to find suitable shelter and housing options, these efforts will continue through the rezoning process and development permit application of the site.

Read the full recommendation  (174 KB)

501 Powell St

The site at 501 Powell St will be subject to a development permit application process that will begin in the coming weeks.

City staff are working with coordinators of community farm and weekly market that takes place at 501 Powell St to find ways for these to continue to operate in the neighbourhood and alongside the new housing. This market, along with the urban farm and other services will continue to play an important role in providing low-barrier income generation opportunities and support services as part of the City's Community Economic Development (CED) Strategy and Downtown Eastside Plan.

Council will also consider referring a report to public hearing that proposes adding temporary modular housing as a permitted land use in a number of Official Development Plans (ODPs).

Read the full referral recommendation (477 KB)

The proposed changes would not affect the local notification and feedback process as part of the development permit application.

The City is committed to connecting with businesses and residents in areas where temporary modular housing may be located, to work together to ensure the new homes are managed safely and responsibly by experienced non-profit housing operators, and to ensure the new buildings and neighbours are well integrated into communities across Vancouver.

About temporary modular housing

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. 

As part of the City's Housing Vancouver strategy that will be finalized at Council at the end of November, a proposed 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