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Modular Housing Initiative

Project Overview

The Province is investing $291 million over two years to build 2,000 modular supportive housing units across B.C. for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This initiative will deliver a mix of permanent and temporary units.

Note: Images of City of Vancouver modular housing project (220 Terminal Avenue) courtesy of Vancouver Agency for Housing Affordability.

Modular housing - 220 Terminal Ave  - exterior 1
Modular housing - 220 Terminal Ave - interior
Modular housing - 220 Terminal Ave - exterior 2
Status
Active
Phase
Planning
Date of Completion
Fall 2019
Location
Multiple

Latest Updates

December 1, 2017

New housing and shelter coming for homeless people in Kelowna

KELOWNA – The Province and the City of Kelowna are working together to provide individuals experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness with access to more supportive housing and shelter spaces.
November 15, 2017

New housing for homeless people in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Vernon

VICTORIA – People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Prince Rupert, Terrace and Vernon will soon have access to supportive housing as part of the Province’s new modular-housing program, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson announced today.
November 15, 2017

New modular housing for homeless people in Terrace

TERRACE – People struggling with homelessness in Terrace will soon have access to new supportive housing thanks to a partnership between the B.C. government and the City of Terrace to develop a new modular housing-project in the community.
November 15, 2017

New modular housing for homeless people in Vernon

VERNON – People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Vernon will soon have access to supportive housing thanks to a partnership between the Province of B.C. and the City of Vernon to develop two new modular-housing projects in the community.
September 29, 2017

Province steps up with modular housing for the homeless

People will soon have access to safe, affordable housing thanks to a province-wide program to help municipalities tackle homelessness.

About the Project

The modular housing initiative is a response to the growing issue of homelessness in communities throughout B.C. People living on the street and those in shelters will get priority for this initiative.
 
In Vancouver, each building will include approximately 50 self-contained units, complete with individual kitchens and bathrooms, shared laundry, indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, plus programming space. The Province will also provide more than $170 million over three years to provide 24/7 staffing and support services for these units.
 
The Province has committed $66 million towards creating 600 units on sites owned privately and by the City of Vancouver.
 
In the months ahead, BC Housing will be working with various municipalities to determine how they may also benefit from this initiative.

Partners

The Province will offer partnerships on the modular housing initiative to local governments to address homelessness. 
 
A request for qualifications has been sent to modular housing manufacturers to solicit costing and capacity information in order to meet the accelerated timelines for delivery.