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Hundreds of new supportive homes proposed for people in Vancouver

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Municipal Affairs and Housing

Hundreds of new supportive homes proposed for people in Vancouver

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Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Media Relations
778 584-1255
BC Housing
media@bchousing.org
City of Vancouver
Civic Engagement and Communications
media@vancouver.ca
604 871-6336
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Media Contacts
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Media Relations
778 584-1255
BC Housing
media@bchousing.org
City of Vancouver
Civic Engagement and Communications
media@vancouver.ca
604 871-6336

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Services, supports provided for modular housing

All new modular housing buildings in the province have around-the-clock staffing to help young people, people with disabilities, seniors and others in critical need of housing.

The Province is providing annual operating funding to help those with the highest housing needs to build new beginnings. Experienced staff provide support to tenants, based on their assessed needs.

Services and supports provided to young people, seniors, people with disabilities and others who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, include:

  • both on-site supports and connection to additional specialized supports in their community;
  • supports that are tailored to the needs of the residents, including education and employment opportunities, and health and wellness services, including mental health and addiction treatment programs;
  • individual or group support services, such as life skills, community information and social and recreational programs;
  • meals;
  • case planning and needs assessment;
  • other supports designed to assist residents in meeting their personal and housing goals, including culturally specific programs;
  • help accessing income assistance, pension benefits, disability benefits, obtaining a B.C. identification card or establishing a bank account;
  • support for residents to learn how to operate and maintain a home; and
  • no-cost laundry services, either on or off site.
Province building new homes in Vancouver to meet full spectrum of housing needs

The B.C. government is working with the City of Vancouver and community partners to build affordable homes that cover the full spectrum of housing needs for people in Vancouver.

Budget 2018 included a $7-billion investment in the homes people need. As a result of that investment, 3,725 new homes are completed or underway for a range of people who are struggling to find a place to live in Vancouver, from people who are experiencing homelessness to seniors on fixed incomes, to middle-income families and individuals. As of June 30, 2020, this includes:

Housing for people with very low incomes

Housing for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, for people with very low incomes (includes supportive housing and shelter-rate housing) or for women and children leaving violence – 1,284 homes:

  • Supportive homes with 24/7 supports: 999 homes
  • Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund: 73 spaces of transition, second-stage and affordable rental housing for women and children leaving violence
  • Building BC: Community Housing Fund (20% of units in each project): 212 homes

Housing for people with low to moderate incomes

This includes people residing in social housing (household incomes less than $65,000), as well as those living in affordable market rentals (households with annual incomes up to $74,000) – 2,306 homes:

Affordable market:

  • Building BC: Community Housing Fund (30% of units in each project): 318 rental homes for people with low to moderate incomes
  • Affordable Rental Housing Program: 789 homes for people with low to moderate incomes
  • Deepening Affordability Fund: 485 homes for people with low to moderate incomes

Social housing or subsidized rents:

  • Building BC: Community Housing Fund (50% of units in each project): 529 rental homes for people with low incomes
  • Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund: 185 homes for Indigenous peoples, on- and off-reserve

Housing for people with middle incomes

The average annual household income qualifying for homes underway is under $99,000 per year:

HousingHub: 135 homes

Total: 3,725 homes

 

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