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.
Homes with supports help create safe, inclusive communities for everyone. Bringing people inside means there are fewer people outside struggling to survive. When a person chooses to live in supportive housing, they:
- Have a warm, safe place to call home
- Can access the necessities of life such as food, washrooms, and laundry
- Can begin to heal from the damage caused by living outside
- Strengthen community connections
What's happeningFirst two sites announced
The locations of two developments that could deliver approximately 230 new homes have been announced by the Province.
If approved, these two projects would be built on City sites located on both the west and east sides of Vancouver. You can learn more and provide feedback by visiting BC Housing’s website:
- West 8th Avenue at Arbutus St (2086, 2098 W 7th Ave, and 2091 W 8th Ave) External website, opens in new tab
- East King Edward at Knight St (1406 and 1410 E King Edward) External website, opens in new tab
The locations of the next proposed sites will be announced in the coming months.
As locations are announced, we'll add the locations here so residents can learn about the projects and provide feedback on building development through BC Housing's community information sessions.
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.
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.