The British Columbia government and the City of Vancouver are joining forces to build 90 modular housing units that will provide round-the-clock support for people who are experiencing homelessness in the city’s Downtown Eastside.
BC Premier David Eby says the temporary homes will serve as a “bridge” to health supports and more permanent, stable housing. The homes are part of the BC government’s $7 billion housing plan, and with a lifespan of at least three years, they are considered a transitional step while permanent housing is developed.
According to a statement from the ministry, the units will be in two separate locations near the Science World and Olympic Village SkyTrain stations and are scheduled to open in March 2023. The ministry also said that units will be offered to people currently living in shelters, freeing up more of those spaces for people living in “unsafe encampments,” including those along Vancouver’s Hastings Street and a waterfront park.
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