VANCOUVER – Vancouver officials have approved a rezoning application for a new development on East King Edward Avenue to address homelessness.
The project is the first of five city-owned sites that support an MOU, signed in August 2020 by the City of Vancouver, CMHC, and BC Housing to deliver a minimum of 300 permanent supportive homes using modular construction. This building will include 109 studio homes. All units have their own private bathroom and kitchen and five per cent of the homes will be fully accessible.
“As a City of Reconciliation, we are committed to working with xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), and urban Indigenous communities. The approval of these 109 new homes for Indigenous people, run by Indigenous people, will help give people safety, security, and a place of their own to call home,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart in a statement. “What’s more, wraparound services will support those living with challenges to walk a path towards healthier, more fulfilled lives.”
The Vancouver Native Housing Society and Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society have been selected as the non-profit operators of the building to deliver 24/7 support services to residents and manage the building.
With the site rezoning now approved, the project will proceed with a development permit application. BC Housing and the federal government will provide the capital funding for the development, BC Housing will provide operational funding, and construction on the project is anticipated to start in Q2 of 2023.
The homes would serve low-income residents, including families, singles, people with disabilities and seniors.