Hotly protested modular housing project will be located at 650 West 57th Avenue
The City of Vancouver has approved the construction of 78 temporary modular housing units for the homeless in Marpole, according to a statement from the City.
The development is part of a $66 million commitment from the Government of British Columbia towards building 600 temporary modular housing units for Vancouver’s homeless population.
"Temporary modular housing provides safe and secure homes for our residents who have the greatest need. No person should be sleeping on the streets - or dying as a result," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "The approval of this project is one way the City can quickly and effectively provide quality homes for our most vulnerable residents, especially as we enter the cold winter season."
The development was met with heated opposition from some residents in the Marpole neighbourhood. Earlier this month, 250 people gathered to protest the city’s decision to allow the complex to be built. Protesters raised concerns over the housing development being built near three schools in the neighbourhood.
"We've seen many members of the community come forward, some with concerns about this project and others - including Marpole students, parents, business and faith leaders - who are strongly in support of the action we're taking to address homelessness,” said Robertson. “By working closely and collaboratively with our partners - BC Housing, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Vancouver Police Department, the housing operator and the Vancouver School Board - and the local community, we will make this project a success. We've done it before throughout the city.”