VANCOUVER – Vancouver is going modular in Marpole to help house marginalized citizens.
The City of Vancouver announced on Nov. 27 it has given conditional approval to develop 78 new temporary modular homes at the Pearson-Dogwood site in the Marpole neighbourhood, part of a $66–million initiative from the provincial government to build 600 units of temporary modular housing for Vancouver’s homeless residents.
The temporary housing at 7430 and 7460 Heather St. will be prioritized for people who are unsheltered, living in shelters, those who are 45 or older, those with disabilities and homeless people already living in the neighbourhood.
“Temporary modular housing provides safe and secure homes for our residents who have the greatest need. No person should be sleeping on the streets — or dying as a result,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson in a statement. “The approval of this project is one way the city can quickly and effectively provide quality homes for our most vulnerable residents, especially as we enter the cold winter season.”
The two temporary modular housing buildings will have 39 units each, and will be approximately 250-square-feet with a bathroom and kitchen. Construction will be by Horizon North. The first building is scheduled to open in February 2018.
BC Housing has selected Community Builders as the non-profit operator for both buildings. The organization will oversee management and tenanting of the building and will provide 24/7 support services, including life skills training, volunteer work, employment preparation and connections to community-based programs.