Temporary modular housing approved for Kaslo Street

Development Permit approved for 52 new homes for Vancouver's most vulnerable residents.

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As a condition of approval, a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will be established to provide an ongoing forum for information sharing and dialogue between the community and the program partners. It will be comprised of the housing operator, community members, and representatives from Vancouver Coastal Health, BC Housing, Vancouver Police Department, and the City of Vancouver. The process to create the CAC will begin in the coming weeks and the Community Liaison is available for ongoing community questions.

The temporary modular housing at 4480 Kaslo Street will be prioritized for people who are unsheltered or living in a shelter and homeless people living in the local neighbourhood.

There is currently a community garden located on the site. The Park Board, in partnership with the City, have been working with the gardeners to find a suitable location to relocate the community garden. Staff reviewed Parks and City-owned properties within approximately 1200 metres of the existing garden that meet the needs of the gardeners. Last night the Park Board approved the relocation of the garden to Slocan Park.

There are currently 260 units of temporary modular housing in progress:

Approved units (208)

*         7430 & 7460 Heather Street (78 units that have been built)

*         1115, 1131, 1141 Franklin Street (39 units under construction)

*         501 Powell (39 units under construction)

*         4480 (formerly 4410) Kaslo Street (52 units)

Under review through the development permit process (52)

*         595 and 599 West 2nd Avenue (52 units)

Temporary modular housing is a quick and effective way to address the urgent needs of the city's most vulnerable residents while more permanent housing is being built.

The City is taking the following actions on permanent social and supportive housing:

*         As part of the Housing Vancouver Strategy, the City has a target of approving 12,000 new units of permanent social and supportive housing over the next 10 years.

*         From fall 2017 until the end of this year, 1,000 new social and supportive housing units will open across Vancouver.

The City and BC Housing have also opened 300 temporary shelter spaces this winter as a way for those living on the street to get out of the cold.

To learn more about temporary modular housing, visit vancouver.ca/temporarymodularhousing<http://www.vancouver.ca/temporarymodularhousing>

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