Vancouver, West 8th Avenue at Arbutus Street - Supportive Housing

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New warm, safe homes with supports on West 8th Avenue at Arbutus Street

Vancouver is in a housing crisis and more than 2,000 people across the city of Vancouver are experiencing homelessness.

Creating warm, safe homes with supports for people who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness in our communities continues to be a top priority for BC Housing and the City of Vancouver.

The new building proposed at 2086 and 2098 West 7th Avenue, 2091 West 8th Avenue would be 12 storeys and provide approximately 140 studio homes with supports for single adults, seniors and people with disabilities who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the local community.

  • All units would be studio apartments with a private bathroom and kitchen
  • At least 5% of the homes would be fully accessible
  • The building would also include amenities such as laundry, a dining area, program space, and an underground parkade

Moving forward at 2086 and 2098 West 7th Avenue, 2091 West 8th Avenue

BC Housing and the City are committed to moving forward with a rezoning application to develop this specific site.

Through the City of Vancouver’s development process, we invite community feedback on aspects of the development proposal, including:

  • Building and site design elements, such as lighting and landscaping
  • Local representation for the Community Advisory Committee
  • Ideas for how to support the success of the building

As with any other development in Vancouver, information about a building’s future residents such as their race, gender, level of income, private healthcare needs, or sexual orientation does not factor into City Council’s decision to approve a site.

Opportunities for community input

Neighbourhood Dialogue Sessions
Neighbours to the proposed homes are invited to learn more through a virtual small group dialogue session.

If interested, please sign up for one of the following sessions:

* The same information will be presented at all sessions

Public comment period
The community can review and provide comments on the development proposal, which will be posted on this webpage, from March 1st to 15th, 2021.

A comment form will be open during this time.

When a rezoning application is submitted, there will be a further City-led public consultation process


New warm, safe homes with supports on West 8th Avenue at Arbutus Street

Vancouver is in a housing crisis and more than 2,000 people across the city of Vancouver are experiencing homelessness.

Creating warm, safe homes with supports for people who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness in our communities continues to be a top priority for BC Housing and the City of Vancouver.

The new building proposed at 2086 and 2098 West 7th Avenue, 2091 West 8th Avenue would be 12 storeys and provide approximately 140 studio homes with supports for single adults, seniors and people with disabilities who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the local community.

  • All units would be studio apartments with a private bathroom and kitchen
  • At least 5% of the homes would be fully accessible
  • The building would also include amenities such as laundry, a dining area, program space, and an underground parkade

Moving forward at 2086 and 2098 West 7th Avenue, 2091 West 8th Avenue

BC Housing and the City are committed to moving forward with a rezoning application to develop this specific site.

Through the City of Vancouver’s development process, we invite community feedback on aspects of the development proposal, including:

  • Building and site design elements, such as lighting and landscaping
  • Local representation for the Community Advisory Committee
  • Ideas for how to support the success of the building

As with any other development in Vancouver, information about a building’s future residents such as their race, gender, level of income, private healthcare needs, or sexual orientation does not factor into City Council’s decision to approve a site.

Opportunities for community input

Neighbourhood Dialogue Sessions
Neighbours to the proposed homes are invited to learn more through a virtual small group dialogue session.

If interested, please sign up for one of the following sessions:

* The same information will be presented at all sessions

Public comment period
The community can review and provide comments on the development proposal, which will be posted on this webpage, from March 1st to 15th, 2021.

A comment form will be open during this time.

When a rezoning application is submitted, there will be a further City-led public consultation process

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  • There are no spots open for the March 9-11 consultation sessions. Can you please allow more people to attend? I live in the neighbourhood and will be affected by your proposals.

    What's a screen name? asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for your interest on this project. There are multiple ways to provide input on the proposed supportive housing project aside from the Neighbourhood Dialogues. A Public Comment Period will be held on this page between March 1 and 15 where you will be able to review the housing proposal and submit feedback for consideration by the project team before the rezoning application is submitted to the City of Vancouver. Once the rezoning application has been submitted, the City will host opportunities for input.  You can also submit comments at any time through the Let’s Talk Housing website or through email to Communityliaison@bchousing.org. All channels are monitored and all feedback is recorded for the project team.

  • I disagree with your proposal but there is no space left to attend your sessions in March. Can you please allow for more consultation so all those affected can attend?

    Garbo asked 11 days ago

    Hello Garbo. There are multiple ways to provide input on the proposed supportive housing project and we encourage you to give your feedback through these channels. A Public Comment Period will be held on this page between March 1 and 15 where you will be able to review the housing proposal and submit feedback for consideration by the project team before the rezoning application is submitted to the City of Vancouver. Once the rezoning application has been submitted, the City will host opportunities for input.  You can also submit comments at any time through the Let’s Talk Housing website or through email to Communityliaison@bchousing.org.

  • Hi the meeting groups of March 9 to 11 are already full. This means that you should expand the number of people that can participate or add more groups. The size and location of this project warrants input, and information to and from as many members of the neighbourhood as possible. And please do not respond saying to join any waiting list. Thank you. PS Also their is no signage at the site. just found out about this yesterday. A large sign explaining this proposal should be up if their isnt one yet. will go look.

    Jay H asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your interest in the project. You will be able to review the housing proposal and provide input to the project team through a Public Comment Period held on this page between March 1 and March 15. You can also submit comments at any time through the Let’s Talk Housing website or through email to Communityliaison@bchousing.org. The City of Vancouver will host additional opportunities for input once the rezoning application has been submitted to the City.

    The proposed project is still in the early planning stages. A sign will be posted to the site once a rezoning application has been submitted to the City. 

  • Will tenants be able to apply for residency if they have a criminal record or evidence of drug addiction? If so, will they be required to complete drug rehab prior to applying for residency? Will they be allowed to use illicit drugs on site or on nearby streets? Will any families at risk of homelessness be able to apply for residency? Will potential residents be from Kitsilano or will they be from anywhere in Vancouver?

    Kits Neighbour asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your question.

    People who experience homelessness are as varied as any other neighbour. The housing proposed for W 8th Avenue is intended for single adults, seniors, and people with disabilities who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. BC Housing will prioritize people from the local community for these homes.  

    BC Housing’s supportive housing buildings are operated based on the widely recognized and proven Housing First model. Residents of supportive housing live independently and will make their own lifestyle choices but will be encouraged to consider healthier options. They will have access to the on-site and community support services they need.  

    BC Housing does not discriminate against a person based on their individual needs. We take a harm reduction approach, which means staff are available to support any residents who are in various phases of substance use. When tenants are ready to make a change, staff on site will connect them with the appropriate support services. 

    Sincerely, 

    Skylar 

    Community Liaison 

  • Will more spots to the Neighborhood Dialogue Sessions be offered? All dates are showing as "sold out" as of Feb 17, 2021.

    Rebecca C asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for reaching out in regard to the proposed supportive housing project. We are encouraging members of the community to provide feedback through our other channels. A Public Comment Period will be held on this page between March 1 and 15 where you will be able to review the housing proposal and submit feedback for consideration by the project team before the rezoning application is submitted to the City of Vancouver. Once the rezoning application has been submitted, the City will host opportunities for input.  You can also submit comments at any time through the Let’s Talk Housing website or through email to Communityliaison@bchousing.org

  • I cannot register for any dates as they are sold out. Can you please add more spots to existing dates or add additional dates thank you.

    Vsim asked 11 days ago

    Hello Vsim,

    We ask that you provide input on the proposed supportive housing project through our other various channels. A Public Comment Period will be held on this page between March 1 and 15 where you will be able to review the housing proposal and submit feedback for consideration by the project team before the rezoning application is submitted to the City of Vancouver. Once the rezoning application has been submitted, the City will host opportunities for input. You can also submit comments at any time through the Let’s Talk Housing website or through email to Communityliaison@bchousing.org.

  • All dates are sold out already. Is this what you call dialog? Please advise how can we voice our opinions.

    Nat asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for your interest.  There are multiple ways to provide input on the proposed supportive housing project. A Public Comment Period will be held on this page between March 1 and 15 where you will be able to review the housing proposal and submit feedback for consideration by the project team before the rezoning application is submitted to the City of Vancouver. Once the rezoning application has been submitted, the City will host opportunities for input.  You can also submit comments at any time through the Let’s Talk Housing website or through email to Communityliaison@bchousing.org.

  • The tallest building within several blocks is on busy commercial streets (Broadway, 4th Avenue, Granville Street) why is this building proposal 12 stories? How will this affect visual and light corridors?

    Kits Neighbour asked 13 days ago

    This height is necessary because there is an immediate and urgent need to create warm, safe homes with supports for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This site can provide homes and a vital connection to programs and services for 140 people in need.  

    BC Housing and the City are committed to moving forward with a rezoning application to develop this specific site. Through the City of Vancouver’s development process, we invite community feedback on aspects of the development proposal, including: 

    • Building and site design elements, such as lighting and landscaping 

    • Local representation for the Community Advisory Committee 

    • Ideas for how to support the success of the proposed building 

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions about the proposed project. 

    Sincerely, 

    Skylar 

    Community Liaison 

  • As this is a residential neighbourhood with an elementary school and community playground across the street (three other schools within 4-8 blocks) will applicants with history of assault or sex crimes be prevented from residing in this housing project?

    Kits Neighbour asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your comment. 

    It is important to know all kinds of people live in supportive housing: young people, seniors, people with disabilities, people who have experienced trauma or poverty, and people who have struggled with the high cost of housing. 

    There is no evidence to show that people living in supportive housing pose a greater risk to a local community than those living in other housing types. 

    More than 200 provincially-funded supportive housing sites across the province are in close proximity to schools and more than half of them have been operating for more than 10 years. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions about the proposed project. 

    Sincerely, 

    Skylar 

    Community Liaison 

  • What studies has the city/province done in order to make a fully informed decision taking into account the severely limited capacity of the area to handle more traffic (made worse by the incoming skytrain and forthcoming increased density on Broadway and Arbutus) and, more importantly the high use of the area by small children. This is directly across from an elementary school, preschool and small children's park. Has the city/province even studied the number of users of this park, which is also at capacity most days. Has it considered the fact that there are unsupervised older children that play in the park while waiting for school to open in the morning? Has it done any safety study whatsoever to ensure it is protecting the most vulnerable population (those that are too young to even process what a used needle means)? Has there been any consideration that the height and scale of this building is totally out of proportion with the rest of this very quiet residential area and seems to be in contravention of its own Broadway plan that is to allow only modest height changes in the area (12 stories is not modest when the surrounding buildings are 3 stories). Has the city/province even sent out any information to those living in the area already to seek their input? For many of us in the neighborhood, if not for being told about the project by someone else, we would never have known. How is this community consultation?

    Concerned Parent asked 11 days ago

    Hi Concerned Parent, 

    Thank you for your questions. 

    More than 200 provincially-funded supportive housing sites across the province are in close proximity to schools and more than half of them have been operating for more than 10 years. 

    We encourage neighbours to become informed about the causes of homelessness and the important role supportive housing plays in creating safe, inclusive communities for everyone. 

    There is no evidence to show that people living in supportive housing pose a greater risk to a local community than those living in other housing types. 

    This height is necessary because there is an immediate and urgent need to create warm, safe homes with supports for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This site can provide homes and a vital connection to programs and services for 140 people in need.  

    This project is still in the early planning stages and will follow the City of Vancouver’s rezoning process. A rezoning application is planned to be submitted to the City of Vancouver in the spring of 2021.  

    Neighbours can provide input throughout the process by: 

    • A Neighbourhood Dialogue 
    • A Public Comment Period  
    • The Community Liaison  
    • A Public Hearing 

    Sincerely, 

    Skylar 

    Community Liaison