New Beginnings

Project Overview

This modular housing project offers a place to call home to Indigenous individuals in Vancouver currently experiencing homelessness.

Exterior shot of New Beginnings development in Vancouver
Date of Completion
January 2019

About the Project

New Beginnings comprises two three-storey buildings at 5095 Heather St, Vancouver, and provides 98 studio units of supportive housing. Each home has a bathroom and kitchen, and 12 are fully wheelchair accessible. The development is part of the Building BC: Rapid Response to Homelessness program.

The development offers around-the-clock services to residents, including meal programs, life and employment skills training, health and wellness support services, and volunteer work opportunities.

Each building has a ground-floor indoor amenity space, commercial kitchen, dining and lounge areas, staff offices, laundry, and storage space. The project is close to major transit routes and shopping centres.


The project is a partnership between BC Housing and the City of Vancouver. Lu’ma Native Housing Society will manage the housing, which is an experienced non-profit housing operator and the first urban native housing society in B.C.

The units came via a five-year licence agreement provided to the City of Vancouver by the land owners, Canada Lands Company and the MST Partnership, a partnership of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.