Single Room Occupancy Hotels
Single Room Occupancy hotels (SROs) provide
short-term or long-term accommodation in single rooms,
typically without private bathrooms or
kitchens. To help protect this existing
affordable housing stock, the Province acquired 26
Single Room Occupancy hotels in Vancouver, Victoria, and New
Westminster totalling approximately 1,500 rooms.
The SRO hotels were purchased to
preserve this important resource of affordable housing
for low-income people who are at risk of homelessness. Many SROs in
downtown Vancouver were sold in 2006 and 2007, with the potential
for use as more expensive forms of housing. The provincial purchase
of these SROs means this stock of housing will remain available to
those in need, removing the option of private sector acquisition
for conversion or closure.
Many of the SRO hotels need
substantial repairs and the provincial purchases provide the
opportunity to repair and renovate rooms to bring them up to an
acceptable standard so that people feel more safe and secure.
The City of Vancouver has identified preserving
the existing SRO stock as an important priority in addressing
homelessness. The Province is acting with the city to help preserve
these units while we plan and build new affordable housing