Creating long-term housing is one of the most important ways that we can address the homelessness.
Through our partnership with BC Housing, we are creating approximately 350 new permanent supportive homes which will provide hundreds of residents with safe, secure, and affordable housing.
Their new homes will provide residents with a place to sleep and give them access to basic services that many of us take for granted such as washrooms, kitchens, and heat and hot water.
What's happeningProposed sites to be announced
The locations of the new homes will be announced in the coming months.
As locations are announced, we'll invite residents to learn about the projects and provide feedback on building development through community information sessions.
The information sessions will be run by the City and BC Housing as part of the development permit and rezoning process
Types of support provided
Every building will be run by an experienced non-profit housing society with staff on-site 24/7 to support residents and manage the building. Residents will also have access to life skills training and connections to supports and other services they may need.
The City and BC Housing will work closely with the operators and neighbours to build and maintain a safe, inclusive community for all.
Each site will have an operations management plan that describes how the housing will be managed including:
- Description of services provided
- Measures for safety and security
- Emergency procedures protocol
- A 24/7 phone number the public can call to speak directly to the building manager
Other ways we're partnering with BC Housing
Temporary modular homes
We're partnering with BC Housing to create approximately 100 temporary modular homes, proposed for 1580 Vernon Drive.
We're also providing BC Housing with a site for a navigation centre which is set to open in Spring 2021.
This made-in-Vancouver model will support individuals experiencing chronic homelessness with unmet health needs to come inside and get connected with services and longer-term housing.