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Facts about housing, homelessness in Vancouver
  • These spaces are are part of a $19-billion housing investment by the B.C. government.
  • The Province is providing a combined total of $4.1 million in ongoing annual operating funding for the Ash and Western projects, including:
    • approximately $2.4 million in annual operating funding for 1525 and 1535 Western St., and
    • approximately $1.7 million in annual operating funding for Dovetail Annex (2142 Ash St.)
  • Since 2017, BC Housing has partnered with non-profit housing providers, municipalities, and health authorities to fund and open more than 4,800 new supportive housing spaces throughout B.C. for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, including more than 2,200 in Vancouver.
  • This includes leased hotel spaces that were opened in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and remain available to prevent people from being displaced, as well as supportive housing.
  • Since 2017, more than 76,000 affordable homes have been delivered or are underway for people in B.C., including nearly 7,800 in Vancouver.