Vancouver – Building diverse and affordable housing at 1015 East Hastings

BC Housing and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS) are partnering on a proposed housing project for people of all ages who are struggling to find a place to call home. The project is being planned for the City-owned vacant lot at 1015 East Hastings, on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations, and would include:

  • 80 permanent shelter beds for people and families experiencing homelessness, operated by VAFCS;
  • 25 homes with supports for people who are ready to move from the shelter to more independent living;
  • 85 new affordable rental homes for low-income families and individuals; and
  • 53 new market rental homes.

Learn more about the proposed project plans for building a diverse and affordable community by reviewing these project display boards. Use this site to submit questions and comments on the proposal. Community input will be reviewed by the project team and used to inform project planning.

A rezoning application will be submitted to the City of Vancouver in April for consideration. When conditions allow, a community event will be held to introduce the project to the community and surrounding neighbourhood.

Creating safe spaces for all

Designed to make a positive contribution to the community, the project will create safe spaces where all people can come together to feel accepted and valued. It will reflect the values of inclusiveness and belonging at the heart of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society and help provide people with the skills and support they need to transition from shelter to independent living.

Enriching the local community

Through architecture, design, and programming, the building will celebrate the area’s rich and vibrant Indigenous history and traditions. It will honour and respect the elders, adults, youth and families that live in the area. Community events and gatherings hosted at the building will help neighbours connect to each other and people from all cultural backgrounds will be invited to express and share their culture.

This project is an innovative partnership of BC Housing and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society. The project partners are committed to working with the community to develop a project that creates lasting benefits including a more vibrant streetscape, creative community partnerships, art and cultural events and a communal gathering space.

BC Housing and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS) are partnering on a proposed housing project for people of all ages who are struggling to find a place to call home. The project is being planned for the City-owned vacant lot at 1015 East Hastings, on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations, and would include:

  • 80 permanent shelter beds for people and families experiencing homelessness, operated by VAFCS;
  • 25 homes with supports for people who are ready to move from the shelter to more independent living;
  • 85 new affordable rental homes for low-income families and individuals; and
  • 53 new market rental homes.

Learn more about the proposed project plans for building a diverse and affordable community by reviewing these project display boards. Use this site to submit questions and comments on the proposal. Community input will be reviewed by the project team and used to inform project planning.

A rezoning application will be submitted to the City of Vancouver in April for consideration. When conditions allow, a community event will be held to introduce the project to the community and surrounding neighbourhood.

Creating safe spaces for all

Designed to make a positive contribution to the community, the project will create safe spaces where all people can come together to feel accepted and valued. It will reflect the values of inclusiveness and belonging at the heart of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society and help provide people with the skills and support they need to transition from shelter to independent living.

Enriching the local community

Through architecture, design, and programming, the building will celebrate the area’s rich and vibrant Indigenous history and traditions. It will honour and respect the elders, adults, youth and families that live in the area. Community events and gatherings hosted at the building will help neighbours connect to each other and people from all cultural backgrounds will be invited to express and share their culture.

This project is an innovative partnership of BC Housing and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society. The project partners are committed to working with the community to develop a project that creates lasting benefits including a more vibrant streetscape, creative community partnerships, art and cultural events and a communal gathering space.

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  • In light of the COVID-19 issue, will there be a virtual Open House (i.e. preliminary plans, etc.).

    PC asked 12 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The March 31 Pre-Application open house is cancelled. BC Housing and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society are working on a plan for an alternate way to seek input on the proposal. As soon as we have materials to review, we will be reaching out for input from the community and our stakeholders.


  • Is there commercial space being considered for the ground floor?

    Strathcona BIA asked 15 days ago

    The proposal includes social enterprise space that would be operated by the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS) on the ground floor. A Social Enterprise is a business owned by a non-profit organization to produce and / or sell goods and services. Social Enterprises generate income and serve a social, cultural, and/or environmental purpose. For example, VAFCS currently operates the Klatawa Bike Shop which is a community focused DIY bike shop that provides bike mechanic training to indigenous people in Vancouver; offers full service repairs; a stocked inventory of refurbished bikes as well as new and used bike parts.