Vancouver – Hotel Properties Transition to New Housing with Supports

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The Province, through BC Housing, is purchasing hotels as part of a long-term plan to provide safe, warm homes as BC Housing and the City of Vancouver take collective action to address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver.

Vancouver is in a housing crisis and more than 2,000 people across the city are experiencing homelessness. Creating warm, safe homes with supports for people experiencing homelessness in our communities continues to be a top priority for BC Housing and the City of Vancouver.

Housing with Supports

Housing with supports provide residents access to services such as meals, health care, addictions treatment, referrals to community health supports, storage for personal belongings and other client-focused services. The sites also have 24/7 staffing to provide security to residents of the building and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Building homes with supports is an important step to transition people from living outdoors or in shelters, towards more independent housing. The goal of supportive housing is to help people achieve and maintain housing stability. In our experience, building supportive housing in a community has benefits not only for the new residents of the building, but for the community in general. People living in supportive housing use ambulance services and hospital less. People are happier, healthier, able to engage in employment, reduce substance abuse, increase in safety/social connection. They spend money in the community. Every dollar invested in supportive housing equals $4 to $5 dollars of social and economic value created in community.

Community Engagement

We invite you to check out the designated pages below for more information on each property and ask questions.


The Province, through BC Housing, is purchasing hotels as part of a long-term plan to provide safe, warm homes as BC Housing and the City of Vancouver take collective action to address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver.

Vancouver is in a housing crisis and more than 2,000 people across the city are experiencing homelessness. Creating warm, safe homes with supports for people experiencing homelessness in our communities continues to be a top priority for BC Housing and the City of Vancouver.

Housing with Supports

Housing with supports provide residents access to services such as meals, health care, addictions treatment, referrals to community health supports, storage for personal belongings and other client-focused services. The sites also have 24/7 staffing to provide security to residents of the building and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Building homes with supports is an important step to transition people from living outdoors or in shelters, towards more independent housing. The goal of supportive housing is to help people achieve and maintain housing stability. In our experience, building supportive housing in a community has benefits not only for the new residents of the building, but for the community in general. People living in supportive housing use ambulance services and hospital less. People are happier, healthier, able to engage in employment, reduce substance abuse, increase in safety/social connection. They spend money in the community. Every dollar invested in supportive housing equals $4 to $5 dollars of social and economic value created in community.

Community Engagement

We invite you to check out the designated pages below for more information on each property and ask questions.

  • Hostelling International property, 1025 Granville St.

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    The Province, through BC Housing, has purchased the 77-room Hostelling International property at 1025 Granville Street as part of a long-term plan to provide safe homes with supports as BC Housing and the City of Vancouver take collective action to address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver. The Government of Canada is providing funding for this project through the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), an initiative of the National Housing Strategy.

  • Ramada, 435 West Pender St.

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    The Province, through BC Housing, has purchased the 80-room Ramada Inn Hotel at 435 West Pender as part of a long-term plan to provide safe homes with supports as BC Housing and the City of Vancouver take collective action to address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver. The Government of Canada is providing funding for this project through the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), an initiative of the National Housing Strategy.

  • 103 East Hastings St.

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    The Province, through BC Housing, has purchased the 33-room property at 103 East Hastings Street as part of a long-term plan to provide safe homes with supports as BC Housing and the City of Vancouver take collective action to address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness in Vancouver. The Government of Canada is providing funding for this project through the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), an initiative of the National Housing Strategy.

  • Buchan Hotel, 1906 Haro St.

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    The Province, through BC Housing, has purchased the 63-room Buchan Hotel at 1906 Haro St. to provide housing with supports for women in need.The site is empty, and residents will begin moving into the Buchan in July.

  • Howard Johnson Hotel, 1176 Granville St.

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    The Province, through BC Housing, has purchased the 110-room Howard Johnson Hotel at 1176 Granville St. as part of a long-term plan to build a mix of affordable homes for people in Vancouver.