VANCOUVER – Construction is underway on a new building with 103 units for Indigenous residents and people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.
The mixed-use concrete-frame development will be 11 storeys and will include 35 supportive housing units and another 68 rental homes prioritized for Indigenous residents.
Combined funding of $64 million was announced on Nov. 6 for the First United project, located at 320 E Hastings Street. The project is a partnership between the federal government through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC), the Province of British Columbia through BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, First United and the Lu’ma Native Housing Society.
The federal government contributed $5.15 million, with $28.4 million from the Province of B.C. and approximately $24.4 million in land costs and equity fundraised by First United, with an additional $9.6 million still to be raised through the First Forward Capital Campaign. The City of Vancouver contributed approximately $6.73 million in funding and municipal waivers.
Each residential floor will include shared access to laundry, amenity areas and balcony space. There will also be a rooftop patio area for residential use, a release stated. The non-residential portion of the project on floors one through four will be the new purpose-built First United facility offering a range of social services and programming for residents and the surrounding community.
Residents will have access to all First United services, including two meals a day through their Community Meals Program.
Construction on 320 E Hastings Street is expected to be complete in late 2025. The residential floors will have a separate street entrance at 438 Gore Ave.