Photos courtesy: BC Housing & Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
More people in Vancouver experiencing homelessness will have a roof over their heads along with support services with the opening of 144 modular housing units.
Larwill Place, located at 610/620 Cambie Street, and the Beach, located at 137 East 37 Ave, will provide life skills training, health and social services as well as two meals a day, so that people experiencing homelessness may go on to successfully rebuild their lives.
Both temporary modular sites will be staffed 24/7 and provide services such as meal programs, life-skills training, employment preparation, health and social support services, and opportunities for volunteer work.
20 of the units at Larwill Place are for people experiencing mental-health challenges and/or addictions. Caitlin Etherington, Vancouver Coastal Health, says, "These residents have chronic, complex health issues, and many of them are used to being on the street, using the emergency department for health care and then going back to the streets or a shelter. We're aiming to stop this cycle. There will be a nurse, mental-health worker and care aide on site who will give residents better co-ordinated comprehensive care."
In 2017, approximately 200 permanent social and supportive homes opened across Vancouver. The city expects more than 600 permanent social and supportive homes to open in 2018, 500 of which are already open and tenanted. As part of the Housing Vancouver Strategy, the city has a target of approving 12,000 new units of permanent social and supportive housing over the next 10 years.
For details about either project, read the Government of BC news release.