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.

Please share your Feedback and Questions

1015E East Hastings Open House Panels March 2020

Open these display boards to learn more about the proposed project. You can send feedback and design input to communityrelations@bchousing.org or use the Q&A tool below to submit questions. We welcome your feedback and it will be shared with the project team and partners 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.

map of 1015 east hastings

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.

Please share your Feedback and Questions

1015E East Hastings Open House Panels March 2020

Open these display boards to learn more about the proposed project. You can send feedback and design input to communityrelations@bchousing.org or use the Q&A tool below to submit questions. We welcome your feedback and it will be shared with the project team and partners 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.

map of 1015 east hastings

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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  • What type of employment opportunities would be within walking distance for people wishing to transition from shelter to "affordable" housing? Where will the children go to school? This area seems a poor choice for family housing due to the heavily industrial environment. Are the children going to grow up appreciating the sounds of diesel engines, box cars shunting and the smell of industrial rendering and concrete? Will this site include a plan to help low income families transport their children to healthy natural environments to learn in?

    Roger asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your comments about the proposed housing at 1015 East Hastings Street. This project is being designed to make a positive contribution to the community and enrich the local neighbourhood. 

    The area around the site is currently in transition, with a mix of industrial, commercial and residential uses. There are amenities for children and families within a few blocks including elementary schools, Ray Cam Community Centre, the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and child care centres. The housing would be located on a major transit line and people who would live at 1015 East Hastings would access employment using the same variety of methods as every other resident of the area.

    This site was identified in 2016 through the City of Vancouver response to Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council’s (MVAEC) Aboriginal Health and Wellness Strategy. Visit https://council.vancouver.ca/20160119/regu20160119ag.htm for further information from the January 19, 2016 Council meeting (Item 2.) This proposed project is also aligned with theDowntown Eastside Planintentions for the Hastings Street and Kiwassa area to add new residential uses, increase social housing, and add locally-serving retail and services. Local business owners may also be looking for new hires as the area develops and flourishes.

  • I love this proposal and think that those that come to use the services will have a really life changing experience through the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. This proposal addresses multiple barriers to housing and mental health supports and I am really encouraged at the diversity of people that will qualify for these services. The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre offers some valuable resources to the community, specifically Aboriginal community members who may not have access to culture and tradition while in Vancouver. It is so necessary for ones well being. Please let me know how I can show support for this proposal?

    Allana Mennie asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your words of support. A rezoning application for 1015 East Hastings is now with the City of Vancouver. We welcome support at future opportunities for feedback, such as the City-led open house, public hearing and input period that will be held at dates TBC. We will update this page as soon as further details are available.

  • In these comments you have mentioned that this will be an environment that promotes rehabilitation towards a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. What efforts will be put in place to monitor this ? To support this goal? The building is being built at the heart of a growing brewery district and it will be in an area where drug use happens quite liberally in public spaces. How is this thought to be a good influence for anyone attempting to achieve sobriety?

    Alex asked about 1 month ago

    The shelter program would support people on their journey to wellness and stability in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. The shelter program would be run by the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS), which has a policy of zero drug and alcohol use on site. VAFCS has been operating the shelter at 201 Central Street since 2009, and has the skills and expertise to manage this shelter safely and responsibly. Shelter guests would have their beds for up to 90 days and during this time they would be able to connect to programs and services to support their health and wellness. The shelter program is one component of an overall project; the overall project would help keep the neighbourhood affordable and diverse by providing a range of housing options for people and families, including about 85 new, affordable rental homes and transform a vacant commercial lot into a safe and welcoming space where people can come together to feel accepted and valued.

    There will be staff on-site 24/7. People will be supported on their journey to wellness and stability through safe accommodation, healthy meals and on-site supports to ensure shelter guests are well-cared for, including:

    • on-site training, education, health and wellness services and gathering space.
    • Assessment to ensure each person is matched with the right level of support services they need to remain housed and live a healthy, stable life.

    This site was identified in 2016 through the City of Vancouver response to Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council’s (MVAEC) Aboriginal Health and Wellness Strategy. Visit https://council.vancouver.ca/20160119/regu20160119ag.htmfor further information from the January 19, 2016 Council meeting (Item 2.) This proposed project is also aligned with theDowntown Eastside Planintentions for the Hastings Street and Kiwassa area - add new residential uses, increase social housing, and add locally-serving retail and services.

  • How much with rental homes be? Both the "low income" portion, and "market rental". How do I get put on the list to see if I qualify?

    Stephen asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the proposed project at 1015 East Hastings. It is in a preliminary stage of review, and if approved through the City of Vancouver, we anticipate the building would be opening in 2023. More information about the affordable rental housing and market rental housing proposed for this site will be available at a future date.

    Please visit the BC Housing Program Finder to learn about which programs you may be eligible for: https://programfinder.bchousing.org/programfinder/faces/start

    To discuss housing options, please contact BC Housing Applicant Services: 1-800-257-7756 (Toll-free.)

  • How can I apply online

    asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the proposed project at 1015 East Hastings, which would include:

    • 80 permanent shelter beds for people and families experiencing homelessness;
    • 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.


    This proposal is in a preliminary stage of review, and if approved through the City of Vancouver, we anticipate the building would be opening in 2023.

    Please visit the BC Housing Program Finder to learn about which programs you may be eligible for: https://programfinder.bchousing.org/programfinder/faces/start

    To discuss housing options, please contact BC Housing Applicant Services: 1-800-257-7756 (Toll-free.)

  • If you are so worried about enriching the local community why don’t you build a public swimming pool and gym instead of this? Building a halfway house for the drug addicted and alcoholic will definitely not help enrich this area...

    Sophie asked about 2 months ago

    BC Housing and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society are committed to designing a project that will make a positive contribution to the community. It is not a proposal for a halfway house. It would provide a range of housing for people of all ages and walks of life who are struggling to find a place to call home. The project would transform a vacant commercial lot into a safe and welcoming place where all people can come together to feel accepted and valued. It will include a shelter space, housing with support services, affordable rental and market rental homes. 

    This project is aligned with the Downtown Eastside Plan for the Hastings Street and Kiwassa area to help keep the neighbourhood affordable and diverse by providing a range of housing options for people and families and add locally-serving retail and services. 

    It is not appropriate or accurate to associate drug use, crime or mental health issues with people experiencing homelessness. They are not a homogenous group, and have had different pathways into homelessness, including a lack of adequate income, access to affordable housing and medical services, experiences of discrimination, traumatic events and personal crisis, physical health problems or disabilities and mental health concerns.

  • During this time of crisis my building doesn't have any hand sanitizer in anyway possible washrooms hallways anywhere in the building. Ive lived here for 6 years now and am in the smallest room with my dog.The building doesn't clean the way it should and am worried about my health.I am afro Canadian and wasn't even told about the Hendrix building until it was to late

    Thoughts asked 2 months ago

    Hello,

    You can contact our Vancouver office at 604-648-4270 for information on the Nora Hendrix building, or to apply to other supportive housing in Vancouver.

  • The success of buildings and concepts like this rests on the design of the building and the social culture of the residents. Of course all people are entitled to affordable housing and it is hard to oppose projects that take on this task. Too often social housing or similarly driven building designs are crass - soulless concrete blocks with small soulless apartments. Stamps Place - across the street, is an example. Even though this is a very nice community the buildings are awful. Very little about community development in Vancouver inspires me to think this building will be otherwise. Take a look at the proposed design for the South-West corner of Hastings and Clark. Take a look at the building adjacent to No Frills with it 10 square foot balconies. What are the drivers of such awful design? As for the social-culture, it has been shown that housing people without supporting them financially is the best way to build a slum. No doubt these homes will improve the lives of many I just hope the developers can see further down the road.

    MatthewB asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your message and for sharing your thoughts about building design and form. This project is being designed to make a positive contribution to the community. The project partners envision transforming a vacant commercial lot into a safe space where all people can come together to feel accepted and valued and to celebrate the area’s rich and vibrant Indigenous history and traditions. 

    The project partners are committed to working with the community to develop a project that enriches and enhances community values and amenities. We are in the early design stage and we are actively seeking opportunities to create lasting community benefits including a more vibrant streetscape, green space, creative community partnerships, art and cultural events and a functional, communal gathering space. 

    The shelter and supportive housing programs would support people on their journey to wellness and stability in a drug and alcohol free environment. The proposed project is much more than just a room to sleep in. It would provide safe accommodation, healthy meals and on-site supports to ensure people are well-cared for.   

    To learn more about the preliminary design of this mixed use proposed project, please open these information display boards . We will also post updates about the project to this website as it moves through the development process.

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

    PC asked 4 months 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 4 months 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.

  • There are not a lot of stores or amenities in this area, it's quite industrial. With an increase in residents will there be more investment to make this section of Hastings St more livable and people friendly?

    Jess asked 3 months ago

    The area around the site is in transition currently, with a mix of industrial, commercial and residential uses, but there are amenities within a few blocks and it is on a major transit line. In 2014 a Downtown Eastside Plan, developed through community and stakeholder engagement, was approved by City Council. It provides a vision, policies, and strategies for the Downtown Eastside that focuses on ways to improve the lives of low-income DTES residents and community members. For the Hastings Street and Kiwassa area, the intent is to add new residential uses, leverage social housing, and add locally-serving retail and services.

    This proposal would create lasting benefits including a more vibrant streetscape, creative community partnerships, art and cultural events and a communal gathering space.

  • As this building will include both shelter beds and family homes what will be done to ensure children residents are safe from exposure to drug use and violence?

    Jess asked 3 months ago

    The proposed housing 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.

    The safety of future tenants, staff and the surrounding community is a priority. The shelter program would support people on their journey to wellness and stability in a drug and alcohol free environment. The shelter would provide safe accommodation, healthy meals and on-site supports to ensure shelter guests are well-cared for, including:

    • on-site training, education, health and wellness services and gathering space.
    • ensuring they are matched with the right level of support services they need to remain housed and live a healthy, stable life. 
    • agreements regarding appropriate and respectful behavior as it relates to health and safety of themselves, other tenants and neighbours.

    It is not helpful or accurate to associate drug use or violence with shelter guests. People experiencing homelessness are not a homogenous group, and have had different pathways into homelessness, including a lack of adequate income, access to affordable housing and medical services, experiences of discrimination, traumatic events and personal crisis, physical health problems or disabilities and mental health concerns. 


  • I absolutely disagree with this project. If there is a way to vote against it, I would. This section of Hastings is away from the disgusting blocks of the DTES that is NOT SEEN anywhere else in the world and I intend for it to stay that way. Until this shameful city is able to do something about drug use, violence, and mental health issues, creating housing isn't going to solve the homelessness problem. Homeless people need more than just a room to sleep in. They need help to rehabilitate before they can get integrated back into society and make any contributions. Space isn't an issue. There are buildings everywhere that can house all of the DTES. The problem is that no one is doing the work to make those spaces livable.

    Brie asked 3 months ago

    The proposed housing 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.

    The shelter and supportive housing programs would support people on their journey to wellness and stability in a drug and alcohol free environment. The proposed project is much more than just a room to sleep in. It would provide safe accommodation, healthy meals and on-site supports to ensure people are well-cared for, including:

    • on-site training, education, health and wellness services and gathering space.
    • ensuring they are matched with the right level of support services they need to remain housed and live a healthy, stable life. 
    • agreements regarding appropriate and respectful behavior as it relates to health and safety of themselves, other tenants and neighbours.


    It is not appropriate or accurate to associate drug use, violence or mental health issues with people experiencing homelessness. They are not a homogenous group, and have had different pathways into homelessness, including a lack of adequate income, access to affordable housing and medical services, experiences of discrimination, traumatic events and personal crisis, physical health problems or disabilities and mental health concerns. When a person has a home, they are no longer homeless.

  • As a property owners, and residents living within 2 blocks of this development we're definitely not supportive of a homeless shelter in this location. We've invested our life savings into owning a property in the area, and this development will negatively affect the livability, safety, and property value of everyone already in the neighbourhood. This building will be less than 300 meters from Admiral Seymour Elementary School! The sad reality will be the children certainly being exposed too many people with addiction, and mental health issues while attending school. That is simply not an acceptable distance from a school for this facility by any reasonable standard. There's already needles found in the area very often in large part due to the derelict building at 1168 E Hastings being mostly full of heroin addicts. We are making progress in turning this beautiful little corner of Vancouver around for the better. The Vancouver City plans for for Kiwassa paint a picture of pleasant bike paths, and family oriented buildings around the school NOT of 80+ homeless walking around into backyards collecting can & bottles, breaking into cars, stealing bikes and all the things we know unfortunately increase around shelters such as this. Yes we all want to have a heart and the city needs to address the homelessness issues with real solutions, but this just isn't thought through nor in alinement with the previous plans/messaging other have based their decisions on. BIG decisions like buying a home. Please DO NOT ruin the so far well developed community plan with this. Yes it's needed in Vancouver No it's not best suited in this location. There are many other well suited locations in Vancouver for a centre such as this one. Can we at least please consider removing the 80 person homeless shelter from this project to keep it from being so close to a large elementary school with so many small children? If we use some common sense we can all make this city a better place, thank you.

    DJ asked 3 months ago

    The proposed project at 1015 East Hastings 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.

    A shelter program is one component of the overall project. The shelter program would be managed by the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society which has the skills,experienceand expertise to manage the shelter safely and responsibly. The Society has been operating the shelter at 201 Central Street since 2009.

    The shelter and supportive housing programs would support people on their journey to wellness and stability in a drug and alcohol free environment. The proposed project is much more than just a room to sleep in. It would provide safe accommodation, healthy meals and on-site supports to ensure people are well-cared for, including:

                        •   on-site training, education, health and wellness services and gathering space.

                        •   ensuring they are matched with the right level of support services they need to remain housed and live a healthy, stable life.

                        •   agreements regarding appropriate and respectful behavior as it relates to health and safety of themselves, other tenants and neighbours.

    It is not appropriate or accurate to associate drug use, crime or mental health issues with people experiencing homelessness. They are not a homogenous group, and have had different pathways into homelessness, including a lack of adequate income, access to affordable housing and medical services, experiences of discrimination, traumatic events and personal crisis, physical health problems or disabilities and mental health concerns. When a person has a home, they are no longer homeless.

    When selecting sites for shelters and supportive housing, we need to meet people where they are, and connect them to the resources they need to work towards living a healthy, stable life. This includes access to community services and transit,which this site offers. Research shows that proximity to non-market housing does not decrease property values:www.bchousing.org/research-centre/library/community-acceptance/property-values-case-study-series

    Many of the people accessing shelter services have been isolated for some time and it’s important we do not continue to isolate and marginalize people by keeping them away from communities. Schools are located throughout communities, and it would be difficult to find a site that is not close to a school but has good access to services and transportation. Instead, we encourage people to come indoors and seek connection to services and to integrate with the neighbourhood.         

    In 2014, a Downtown Eastside Plan,developed through community and stakeholder engagement, was approved by City Council. It provides a vision, policies, and strategies for the Downtown Eastside that focuses on ways to improve the lives of low-income DTES residents and community members. For the Hastings Street and Kiwassa area, the intent is to add new residential uses, increase social housing, and add locally-serving retail and services. The proposal for 1015 East Hastings is in alignment with this plan and is being designed to make a positive contribution to the community.



  • Why would you build a facility like this one in an area that is already so saturated with social housing and halfway houses? Instead of trying to revitalise a very degraded area of the city and make it more liveable for all the neighbours... what about building a park? or extending the metro line to the east? or building a similar kind of project like Strathcona Village, that has been proven to bring young professionals to the area that once was the origin of Vancouver. My proposal is building this facility somewhere else like Kitsilano or Kerrisdale; areas where they actually have no projects similar to this one at all. Is there a way to vote against this project before it is too late?

    Didier asked 3 months ago

    BC Housing and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society are proposing to build a diverse range of housing at 1015 East Hastings. This proposal is for housing, not a facility. Like neighbouring Strathcona Village, this project proposal also includes affordable rental homes, market rental homes and a communal gathering space. 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.

    In 2014 a Downtown Eastside Plan, developed through community and stakeholder engagement, was approved by City Council. It provides a vision, policies, and strategies for the Downtown Eastside that focuses on ways to improve the lives of low-income DTES residents and community members. For the Hastings Street and Kiwassa area, theintent is to add new residential uses, leverage social housing, and add locally-serving retail and services.

    This proposal is at a preliminary stage of planning, and will go to public hearing at a future date.

  • It's absolutely accurate and appropriate to associate homelessness with drugs and violence IN THIS CITY. This may not be true for other cities that have the same issues but it is absolutely true for Vancouver. I acknowledge that not every single homeless person is associated with drugs. If you are able to identify those particular individuals then you will see that they make up a small majority of those in the DTES. You will not need this project to house them all. It is careless to propose this project thinking that all you need to resolve homelessness is a place to house them in. Their issues go way beyond not having a place to call home. I did not put my life savings into my home just so this building can be built next to it. Here's a question. WHY does it have to be in this area Why not in Kits? In Kerrisdale? Fairview? And speaking of they Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society, I walked by Monday and there were literally 7 or 8 people gathered in a group in the parking lot. They walked out of the centre but I don't know if they are staff or not. Whatever the case, they can't even adhere to the basic rules of social distancing. Either they are not staff and were not provided proper instructions by actual staff or they ARE staff not following proper instructions. Either way, I'm to believe that the centre has the skills and expertise to take on something as big as homelessness?

    Brie asked 3 months ago

    As mentioned previously, the proposed project is much more than just a room to sleep in. The shelter and supportive housing programs would support people on their journey to wellness and stability in a drug and alcohol free environment. It would provide safe accommodation, healthy meals and on-site supports to ensure people are well-cared for, including:

                        •   on-site training, education, health and wellness services and gathering space.

                        •   ensuring they are matched with the right level of support services they need to remain housed and live a healthy, stable life.

                        •   agreements regarding appropriate and respectful behavior as it relates to health and safety of themselves, other tenants and neighbours.

    This site was identified in 2016 through the City of Vancouver response to Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council’s (MVAEC) Aboriginal Health and Wellness Strategy. Visithttps://council.vancouver.ca/20160119/regu20160119ag.htmfor further information from the January 19, 2016 Council meeting (Item 2.) This proposed project is also aligned with theDowntown Eastside Planintentions for the Hastings Street and Kiwassa area - add new residential uses, increase social housing, and add locally-serving retail and services.

    The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society has been successfully operating a shelter at 201 Central Street since 2009. If you would like to learn more about VAFCS, please visit http://www.vafcs.org/  VAFCS welcomes community feedback through info@vafcs.org or by telephone using this list: http://www.vafcs.org/contact/

  • Like mentioned before in this threat, I would like to express my complete disagreement with this project in such location. It seems like you are trying to punish all these people that decided to move and invest their savings in this area of the city that was slowly improving and pushing all the drug problems away from here. We need real apartment buildings with commercial spaces open to the general public in order to make this part of the city lively again.

    Janet asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. The vision for 1015 East Hastings is real homes and services that would be a positive contribution to the community, with safe spaces where all people can come together to feel accepted and valued.

  • I fully disagree with this proposed project. It's simply another bandaid approach to a larger issue that needs to be solved. Another housing project won't make this go away, and since this housing project is going to be close to a neighbourhood and elementary school, it's going to have negative effects to the surrounding community. Don't build this!

    Kaylee1 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. The vision for 1015 East Hastings is new homes and services that would be a positive contribution to the community, with safe spaces where all people can come together to feel accepted and valued. The proposed project includes:

    • 80 permanent shelter beds for people and families experiencing homelessness;
    • 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.

    This would be more than just a housing project. The shelter and supportive housing programs would support people on their journey to wellness and stability in a drug and alcohol free environment. It would provide safe accommodation, healthy meals and on-site supports to ensure people are well-cared for, including:

    • on-site training, education, health and wellness services and gathering space.
    • ensuring they are matched with the right level of support services they need to remain housed and live a healthy, stable life.
    • agreements regarding appropriate and respectful behavior as it relates to health and safety of themselves, other tenants and neighbours.

    Many of the people accessing shelter services have been isolated for some time and it’s important we do not continue to isolate and marginalize people by keeping them away from communities. Schools are located throughout communities, and it would be difficult to find a site that is not close to a school but has good access to services and transportation. Instead, we encourage people to come indoors and seek connection to services and to integrate with the neighbourhood.