Temporary modular housing

"From out there in the gutter, to this. I'm telling you, it's a miracle in my life." William, Vancouver temporary modular housing resident

Vancouver is in a housing crisis and people experiencing homelessness continue to be hardest hit.

The 2018 Homeless Count found more than 2,100 people do not have a home in Vancouver.

In September 2017, the Government of British Columbia announced a funding commitment of $66 million towards building 600 units of temporary modular housing in Vancouver.

The housing can be constructed more quickly than permanent housing and provide immediate relief to hundreds of people living without a home.

In temporary modular housing, residents are given supports, such as life skills training as well as health and social services.

They are given two meals a day and opportunities to connect with community groups, volunteer work, and social events.

We know when people have access to housing and supports, they are more likely to successfully rebuild their lives.

Daniel and Julia's story

Hear how they now pay their own rent after living in supportive housing.

Tamara's story

Hear how supportive housing helped her get back on track.

Building-related questions, comments, or concerns

During construction, call the community liaison at 604-829-9321.

Once the building is complete, call the 24/7 phone number listed below for an immediate response.

Temporary modular housing sites

Get documents, community information session information, and news releases by clicking on the addresses below.

Address Status Single units
258 Union St Construction  52
265 West 1st Ave Construction 52
5077 and 5095 Heather Construction 98
610 and 620 Cambie
24/7 phone: 604-558-7600
Tenanted 98
Little Mountain 137 E 37th Ave
24/7 phone: 604-336-9701
Tenanted 46
2132 Ash St
24/7 phone: 604-428-7535
Tenanted 52
4480 Kaslo St
24/7 phone: 604-428-4569
Tenanted 52
525 Powell St
24/7 phone: 604-620-4368
Tenanted 39
1131 Franklin St
24/7 phone: 604-620-5327
Tenanted 39
7430 and 7460 Heather St
24/7 phone: 778-939-6224
Tenanted 78
Total as of October 9, 2018   606

220 Terminal Ave
The first temporary modular housing building on City-owned land

Community gatherings with temporary modular housing residents

Neighbours meeting neighbours

Learn how communities are connecting around temporary modular housing in Vancouver.

Benefits of temporary modular housing

  • Can be constructed in about three months on vacant or underused sites across the city
  • Provides immediate relief to hundreds of people without a home
  • Supplies the right supports until more permanent social housing is available
  • Can relocate and reconfigure to fit different sites
  • Creates a sense of community with amenity space and connections to the neighbourhood

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

Videos

Time-lapse construction video

Watch how the Marpole temporary modular housing is constructed in under three months.

Time-lapse construction video

Watch how the Terminal temporary modular housing is constructed in under three months.

Time-lapse construction video

Watch how the Ash Street temporary modular housing is constructed in under three months.

Drone video of 220 Terminal Ave

Watch a drone video of Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing development at 220 Terminal Ave.

Tour 220 Terminal Ave

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

Learn more

Housing

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Housing Vancouver update

Read the Housing Vancouver update presentation to Council on July 25, 2017  (3.8 MB)

For more information, email housing@vancouver.ca.

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Little Mountain 137 E 37th Ave

258 Union St

7430 and 7460 Heather St

2132 Ash St

4480 Kaslo St

1131 Franklin St and 525 Powell St

610 and 620 Cambie St

5077 and 5095 Heather St

215 West 1st Ave

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