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