Union St at Gore Ave being considered as a site for temporary modular housing

August 1 2018

“Many of these homes will open their doors in the coming months and provide urgently needed housing - with the right supports - for some of our most vulnerable residents," said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Temporary modular housing unit

The City of Vancouver and BC Government are one step closer to their goal of creating 600 new temporary modular homes for people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver. 

New housing for approximately 50 people with 24/7 onsite support services

The tenth site to be considered, the southwest corner of Union St. and Gore Ave. (which has the official address of 898 Main St), would provide new homes for approximately 50 people. At this time, just over 600 temporary modular homes are at various stages of development and approval, with 208 homes complete. The City and partners will aim to ensure these homes help address the over-representation and marginalization of groups who experience homelessness in Vancouver, including Black and Indigenous residents. The new homes, if approved, would see people experiencing homelessness placed directly into housing with 24/7 onsite support services. 

“With the latest potential housing site at Union and Gore, we will meet our goal of 600 temporary modular homes across Vancouver,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Many of these homes will open their doors in the coming months and provide urgently needed housing - with the right supports - for some of our most vulnerable residents. Here at the City, we are pushing hard to solve homelessness and I want to thank the province for their partnership in bringing people in off the street and welcoming them to their new, safe homes.”

“Giving vulnerable people in Vancouver the opportunity of a fresh start through safe and secure housing is part of our government's larger efforts to build 2,000 homes for people experiencing homelessness across B.C.,” said Minister Selina Robinson of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I am thrilled that, if approved, the City of Vancouver will reach their goal with this particular project, making sure more people are receiving the support they need, quicker.”

Next steps

The 898 Main Street block (Hogan’s Alley block) is identified in the North East False Creek (NEFC) Plan as a location that the City is committed to exploring – with the involvement of the Black Community – land trusts, long term leases, and the establishment of a cultural centre. The City and BC Housing are exploring opportunities with the Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS) Board for these new temporary modular homes to reflect and advance the long term vision of this site developed by the Black community in the NEFC plan.

The site will be subject to a development permit application process and staff have begun to connect with local residents, businesses, schools and key community groups. The City will also hold community information sessions to share more details on the proposed project. Feedback gathered will inform the director of Planning’s consideration of the development permit and provide BC Housing and the selected non-profit operator with feedback on the proposed operation of the buildings.

Funding through Government of BC

The new homes would be funded through the Government of BC’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 people experiencing homelessness. 

The program in Vancouver is part of a larger initiative led by the BC Government, through BC Housing, to build 2,000 units of temporary modular housing across the province. If approved, the building would be managed safely and responsibly by a non-profit housing operator selected by BC Housing.

Location

It is proposed that 898 Main Street would accommodate one, three storey building with approximately 50 homes. 

This site is part of the Northeast False Creek Plan, which includes the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts that are adjacent to the proposed site of temporary modular housing. The proposed temporary modular housing project will not delay or impede the delivery of the Northeast False Creek Plan, including the removal of the viaducts, the development of permanent social housing.

Temporary modular homes 

To date, approximately 600 temporary modular homes are at various stages of the development and approval process

306 approved temporary modular homes

  • 7430 and 7460 Heather Street (78 homes built and tenanted)
  • 1131 Franklin Street (39 homes built and tenanted)
  • 525 Powell (39 homes built and tenanted)
  • 4480 (formerly 4410) Kaslo Street (52 homes built)
  • 2132 Ash Street (formerly 595 and 599 West 2nd Avenue) (52 homes under construction)
  • Little Mountain (46 homes under construction)

300 proposed temporary modular homes on sites at the development permit stage

  • 688 Cambie Street (approximately 100 homes, development permit application has been submitted to the City)
  • 4949 Heather Street (approximately 100 homes, development permit application has been submitted to the City)
  • 215 West 1st Avenue (approximately 50 homes, development permit application has been submitted to the City)
  • 898 Main Street (approximately 50 homes)

Learn more about temporary modular housing

How we're increasing housing

To deliver more permanent social and supportive housing the City is:

  • Working towards achieving the target of 12,000 new units of permanent social and supportive housing over the next 10 years as part of the Housing Vancouver strategy.
  • Continuing to approve and open new affordable homes to respond to the housing crisis and homelessness. In 2017, approximately 200 permanent social and supportive homes opened across Vancouver. In 2018 so far, nearly 400 permanent social and supportive housing units have opened and we expect nearly 500 more permanent social and supportive housing units to open.
  • Aiming to increase affordable housing stock across the city by reducing our standard rezoning and development permit approval times by up to 50 per cent through the SHORT pilot program.

Read more about the Northeast False Creek