Rapid response to homelessness

Properties across Vancouver are being rapidly repurposed to help address our homelessness crisis and break the cycle of homelessness by creating both supportive housing and shelters.

Supportive housing

Supportive housing saves lives by providing professional health and wellness supports such as meals, connection to health care, and life skills training, offered both on site and in the local community. 

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 
  • Can reconnect to community 

These buildings are not being used as shelters – they will be homes and all residents will be pay rent. 

What's happeningNew support for people experiencing homelessness: 205 Kingsway

Become a community representative

Are you a neighbour of 205 Kingsway? Apply to be part of the Community Advisory Committee:

Email your completed application form to homelessness@vancouver.ca.

Application deadline is 5pm, October 20, 2021.


With funding support from the Federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative Program, we’ve purchased the hotel at 205 Kingsway to provide approximately 68 rooms with supports for people experiencing homelessness. 

Coast Mental Health, an experienced non-profit operator, will oversee the day-to-day running of 205 Kingsway. Find out more .

Moving forward at 205 Kingsway

  • April 2021: City of Vancouver takes ownership of property
  • Spring/summer 2021: Renovations 
  • Summer/fall 2021: Move-in date for residents

Dates in the timeline are approximate and subject to change. 

Notification postcard to community  (315 KB).

Other repurposed buildings 

Temporary shelters

In partnership with the Province, we'll be opening two new temporary shelters totaling 120 beds. Shelters save lives by connecting residents experiencing homelessness with necessary health, social, and housing services.

Find out more about the temporary shelters proposed in Vancouver