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Temporary modular housing

"The City is making big moves to get the right supply of housing that meets peoples’ needs and incomes."    – Mayor Gregor Robertson

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Little Mountain 137 E 37th Ave

Union St and Gore Ave

7430 and 7460 Heather St

2132 Ash St

4480 Kaslo St

1131 Franklin St and 525 Powell St

610 and 620 Cambie St

4949 Heather St

215 West 1st Ave

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Providing the right supply of housing, with the right supports for the city's lower income and homeless residents, continues to be a top priority.

By using temporary modular housing, lower-income and homeless residents are placed directly into housing with supportive services until they can transition to longer-term housing solutions.

The Government of British Columbia announced a funding commitment of $66 million towards 600 units of temporary modular housing.

The new housing will be built on underused or vacant sites across Vancouver to address the immediate needs of housing for homeless residents.

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Housing sites

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Address Status Single units
Union St and Gore Ave (898 Main St) Proposed  about 50
215 West 1st Ave Proposed about 50
4949 Heather St Proposed about 100
610 and 620 Cambie
(formerly 688 Cambie St)
Proposed about 100
Little Mountain 137 E 37th Ave Construction 46
2132 Ash St
(formerly 595 and 599 W 2nd Ave)
Construction 52
4480 Kaslo St Tenanted 52
525 Powell St Tenanted 39
1131 Franklin St Tenanted 39
7430 and 7460 Heather St Tenanted 78
Total as of August 1, 2018   about 600
  • Stage: Pre-development permit application
  • Single units: Approximately 50 studio homes

Documents

News releases

  • Stage: Development permit application submitted
  • Single units: Two buildings with approximately 52 studio homes in each building

Note: The proposed temporary modular housing is seperate from the upcoming rezoning and permanent development of the Heather Lands site.

Development permit application

Documents

News releases

  • Building name: Osborn Square
  • Former address: 599 and 595 W 2nd
  • Status: Construction
  • Single units: 52
  • Non-profit operator: PHS Community Services Society
  • Note: This temporary modular housing is being developed in coordination with the False Creek South Neighbourhood Planning Program.

Development permit application

Documents

Residence Community Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Osborn Square House Community Advisory Committee terms of reference is to ensure members are aware of expectations, commitments, and their advisory role.

News releases

  • Building name: Sarah Ross House 
  • Former address: 4410 Kaslo St
  • Status: Tenanted
  • Single units: 52
  • Non-profit operator: Atira Women’s Resource Society
  • 24/7 building phone: 604-428-4569

please note The City, in partnership with the Park Board, has relocated the community garden that was on the site across the street to Slocan Park.

Development permit application

Documents

Residence Community Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Sarah Ross House Community Advisory Committee terms of reference is to ensure members are aware of expectations, commitments, and their advisory role.

News releases

  • Building name: Aneki Housing for Women
  • Former address: 501 Powell St
  • Stage: Tenanted
  • Single units: 39
  • Non-profit operator: Atira Women’s Resource Society
  • 24/7 building phone: 604-620-4368
  • Note: The building is for women in the Downtown Eastside

Development permit application

Documents

Residence Community Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Aneki House Community Advisory Committee (CPCAC) terms of reference is to ensure members are aware of expectations, commitments, and their advisory role.

News releases

  • Building name: Chartrand Place
  • Former address: 1115, 1131, and 1141 Franklin St
  • Stage: Tenanted
  • Single units: 39
  • Non-profit operator: PHS Community Services Society
  • 24/7 phone number: 604-620-5327

Development permit application

Documents

Residence Community Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Chartrand Place Community Advisory Committee (CPCAC) terms of reference is to ensure members are aware of expectations, commitments, and their advisory role.

News releases

  • Building name: Reiderman Residence
  • Stage: Tenanted
  • Single units: 78 units
  • Non-profit operator: Community Builders
  • 24/7 building phone: 778-939-6224
  • Note: This building is for low-income residents in Vancouver.

Map of housing site on the northeast corner of West 59th Ave and Heather St

Feedback about the development was gathered online and in person with approximately 300 comment cards and 400 emails received.

We are committed to working with the community towards good stewardship of this site and the community in general.

Conditions to the development permit

Rendering of Temporary Modular Housing development at W 59th Ave and Heather Street

  • BC Housing will amend the Operations Management Plan to reflect periodic reports out from BC Housing to the City of Vancouver
  • The project shall have a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that includes both community members and Parent Advisory Council members, and others representing community interest. 
  • This site will be tenanted in accordance with affordable and supportive housing tenanting best practices, taking into consideration the surrounding neighbourhood including the adjacent schools and other uses
  • We will work with the Vancouver School Board, BC Housing, and Community Builders to convene a community conversation prior to the occupancy permit in order update the community on the progress of the project, enable strong lines of communication, hear any continuing concerns and suggestions, and foster a positive reception for new residents

Development permit application

Features

  • A bathroom
  • A kitchen
  • Shared laundry
  • Communal indoor and outdoor amenity space

14 suites are designed to accommodate persons with accessibility requirements, and feature customized layouts and a user-friendly adaptive design. 

Both buildings will be managed by Community Builders, an experienced supportive and low-income housing provider with 15 years of experience in Vancouver’s urban core area specializing in tenant support for persons with a variety of needs. 

Tenanting 

Residents will be carefully selected to make sure this housing is the right fit for them. This housing will be managed safely and responsibly.

Our priorities for this site are to house people who: 

  • Are unsheltered or living in shelters
  • Are 45 years and older
  • Have disabilities
  • Are homeless and living in the local neighbourhood

Documents

Residence Community Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Reiderman Residence Community Advisory Committee (RRCAC) terms of reference is to ensure members are aware of expectations, commitments, and their advisory role.

News releases

Videos

220 Terminal Avenue Temporary Modular Housing developmentIn 2016, Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) announced it was working to provide Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing development.

Horizon North was selected from a shortlist to construct the project. 

Features

  • A bathroom
  • A kitchen
  • Shared laundry
  • Communal indoor and outdoor amenity space

Four suites were designed to accommodate persons with accessibility requirements and featured customized layouts and a user-friendly adaptive design. 

The City of Vancouver contributed undeveloped, City-owned land to VAHA for this project. Funding to support VAHA’s temporary modular housing development also came from the Government of Canada, Vancity, and a private donation. 

VAHA continues to explore temporary modular housing projects on new sites to create even more below-market rental housing for Vancouver residents as there is an urgent need for both interim and permanent housing. 

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Apply to be a tenant

BC Housing, the owner securing non-profit housing operators to manage the buildings, oversees the tenanting process for the sites.

Contact the Orange Hall at 604-648-4270, or stop by in person at 297 East Hastings St, Vancouver.

Learn more about BC Housing's tenanting process External website

Benefits of temporary modular housing

Temporary modular housing is a home built inside a factory. The finished units are covered and transported to new locations, where they are assembled into a building by professional builders. It is not a mobile home. The housing:

  • Provides a home for lower-income and homeless residents in approximately six months
  • Helps street homelessness by providing a home with the right supports until permanent, affordable housing is available
  • Designs are built to the City's building codes
  • Creates a sense of community
  • Reduced waste during manufacturing and installation
  • Delays are less likely to happen during construction in a controlled environment 
  • Provides an opportunity for temporary housing for up to three to five years
  • Can relocate and reconfigure to fit different sites or future sites

Videos

Watch the housing be built

Watch a time-lapse video of an underused site being transformed in approximately eight weeks.

Drone video of 220 Terminal Ave

Watch a video by drone of 220 Terminal Ave, our first temporary modular housing development.

Development of 220 Terminal Ave

Watch a time-lapse video of our first temporary modular housing development at 220 Terminal Ave.

Tour 220 Terminal Ave

Take a video tour Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing development at 220 Terminal Ave.

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