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.

Facts at a Glance

This information is provided by BC Housing to ensure you have timely and accurate information about the supportive housing project proposed for West 8th Avenue at Arbutus Street.

Frequently Asked Questions

To ensure all community members have accurate information on the proposed homes at W 8th Ave and Arbutus St, we’ve compiled answers to the most asked questions received through the community engagement process.

Guidelines for respectful dialogue

  • We want to hear from everyone who wants to share their perspective in a safe and respectful way.
  • All conversations - in-person, over the phone, and/or online - are meant to be a place where people can share and listen.
  • BC Housing is committed to responding as best we can, with the relevant information we have, in a timely manner.
  • In order to respond to as many inquiries as possible, we have to deploy our resources equitably. No one person or group can or should expect to monopolize the time and efforts of the project team.
  • We expect everyone will refrain from using language or acting in a way that is discriminating, threatening, abusive, racist or otherwise disrespectful. Discrimination or abusive language of any kind will not be tolerated.

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

BC Housing has not yet submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver. We are currently in an early phase of the proposal where we are collecting community input before a formal application is submitted. This early community engagement is an extra step BC Housing is taking outside of development requirements to ensure the community is involved in the process from the start.

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

Community input and questions can be submitted at any time by emailing communityliaison@bchousing.org or calling 604-829-9321.

Public comment period
The public comment period was live from March 1 to March 31. If you have any additional comments please complete the form below or if you have questions please email or call the Community Liaison.

Questions and Answers posted below were received during the Public Comment Period. Any comments received through the online form going forward will be considered in the development of the rezoning application. If you have a question, please contact the Community Liaison.


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.

Facts at a Glance

This information is provided by BC Housing to ensure you have timely and accurate information about the supportive housing project proposed for West 8th Avenue at Arbutus Street.

Frequently Asked Questions

To ensure all community members have accurate information on the proposed homes at W 8th Ave and Arbutus St, we’ve compiled answers to the most asked questions received through the community engagement process.

Guidelines for respectful dialogue

  • We want to hear from everyone who wants to share their perspective in a safe and respectful way.
  • All conversations - in-person, over the phone, and/or online - are meant to be a place where people can share and listen.
  • BC Housing is committed to responding as best we can, with the relevant information we have, in a timely manner.
  • In order to respond to as many inquiries as possible, we have to deploy our resources equitably. No one person or group can or should expect to monopolize the time and efforts of the project team.
  • We expect everyone will refrain from using language or acting in a way that is discriminating, threatening, abusive, racist or otherwise disrespectful. Discrimination or abusive language of any kind will not be tolerated.

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

BC Housing has not yet submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver. We are currently in an early phase of the proposal where we are collecting community input before a formal application is submitted. This early community engagement is an extra step BC Housing is taking outside of development requirements to ensure the community is involved in the process from the start.

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

Community input and questions can be submitted at any time by emailing communityliaison@bchousing.org or calling 604-829-9321.

Public comment period
The public comment period was live from March 1 to March 31. If you have any additional comments please complete the form below or if you have questions please email or call the Community Liaison.

Questions and Answers posted below were received during the Public Comment Period. Any comments received through the online form going forward will be considered in the development of the rezoning application. If you have a question, please contact the Community Liaison.

Please share comments with the project team.

If you have a comment about the proposed supportive housing project, please complete the form below.

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  • For supportive housing, each potential resodent gets a Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) The ranges of VAT's indicated the level of vulnerability of the residents and can vary from site to site. What will be the range of VAT's at this site and what proportion of the different VAT levels will be there.

    Jane asked 2 months ago

    Hi Jane 

    All supportive housing programs are managed by non-profit housing operators that bring expertise providing customized supports tailored to meet the unique needs of each resident. For more on the types of supports provided, please visit: 

    https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/16664/widgets/80065/documents/49574 

    Sincerely,

    Skylar 

     

  • 1. Multiple replies have been made by Community Liason concering this site : " There will not be a public safe injection site. " OK, got it, the general public will not be allowed to use these facilities to inject drugs. But what about residents of the proposed facility? Will residents be provided with supervised consumption services for injected drugs or methadone, etc? 2. What is the height of the proposed building, and what are the current building height restrictions in that area?

    Neighbour Fred asked 2 months ago

    Hi Fred, 

    • BC Housing takes 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.  
    • The project is in early stages and BC Housing has not yet submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver.  Once BC housing submits a rezoning application to the City, there will be a further City-led consultation that will include an online Open House and Public Hearing, where building design elements such as height will be considered.  

    Sincerely, Skylar 

  • Are we not called upon to help the most vulnerable in society? ___ We believe NO new housing in Vancouver, and especially those planned for in family oriented neighbourhoods, should exclude the most vulnerable including women and women-led families. This site at Arbutus and 8th, surrounded by a toddler park, green way, preschool, elementary school and neighbourhood house presents the perfect opportunity to envelop them in the support they may need to transition out of the hardship and fear they face and into a safer, supported environment. ___ Just a couple searches in one afternoon and I found out the following facts: - 22% of Vancouver's homeless population are women. - 39% of these at minimum are Indigenous - more than 1 in 50 of these women are accompanied by a child on the street others are known to be excluded from the homeless count as they are couch surfing. - 75% of all homeless women and those with children seeking shelter in transition homes in Canada are turned away for lack of space. - the primary reasons women and women-led families do not opt to stay in SROs is for fear of harm, harassment and even murder ___ Who's with us and will stand in the gap for Vancouver's most vulnerable women and children? Wouldn't a good news story be nice for a change?

    CharleneKettlewell asked 2 months ago

    Hi Charlene, 

    Thank you for comments. This proposed supportive housing would not exclude women. The homes at W 8th and Arbutus are proposed to be supportive housing which is designed for adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. BC Housing is also creating thousands of new homes across the province for families, women fleeing violence, seniors, and people with disabilities.  

    BC Housing works in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, provincial health authorities and ministries, other levels of government, and community groups to develop a range of housing options.

    We work to address critical gaps across the housing continuum, which range from emergency shelter and rent assistance in the private market to affordable home ownership.

    Sincerely, Skylar 

     

  • I am currently living 1 block away from the proposed development. Is there a plan for a better consultation process? This feels like it is being rammed in. The proposed development is way too large for this area. The proposed plan is dangerous with the nearby school, daycare, and playground. Are there plans for expanding the consultation period? You keep repeating that these are not "low barrier" SRO's though the proposed rooms are just that. Supportive housing includes supporting those who have mental illness and those who are trying to recover from drug or alcohol addictions. These residents are wholly inappropriate for a building next door to a school, daycare, and playground. There was increased theft, house break ins, assault, and car break-ins in neighbourhoods in Vancouver where similar buildings have been placed, such as Olympic Village, Yaletown, and East Vancouver. There are many low income people who do not have substance abuse issues who are in desperate need of housing, such as Seniors and Families. In fact your link includes examples of houses dedicated to low income seniors. Due to its proximity to the school and the many seniors in the area, the proposed housing type should be for residents who do not suffer from substance abuse issues. A housing development dedicated to seniors and families would be much more welcomed in this area.

    Arbutus Neighbour asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Arbutus Neighbour, 

    We are in the early phase of public consultation. This is a proposed project and we are providing many opportunities for people to provide input. You can:   

    -        Participate in the Public Comment Period until March 31 https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/vancouver-west-8?tool=survey_tool#tool_tab 

    -       Submit a question or comment at any time  https://letstalkhousingbc.ca/vancouver-west-8?tool=qanda#tool_tab 

    -       Call or email the Community Liaison at 604-829-9321 or CommunityLiaison@bchousing.org   

    Feedback submitted through these channels will be considered in the development of the rezoning application. 

    The project is in early stages and BC Housing has not yet submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver. Once BC housing submits a rezoning application to the City, there will be a City-led consultation that will include an online Open House and Public Hearing. 

    Please note that if approved, these would be homes with supports, not an SRO.

    Sincerely, Skylar 

  • Hi Skylar, thank you for your work on this. You recently responded to another question with the following response: "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." Can you please provide a list of the names of these specific sites and respective actual distances to the schools in question? Please don't bother re-circulating the same general link as you have in previous responses to similar questions. Thank you.

    Very Concerned Parent asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Very Concerned Parent, 

    There are supportive housing projects in communities across British Columbia. For some examples, please visit: https://www.bchousing.org/news/community-stories 

    BC Housing also has a research centre that can be publicly accessed here: https://www.bchousing.org/research-centre 

    Sincerely, 

    Skylar 

  • Hello Skylar, This morning on CKNW , David Eby stated that this project has been approved by the city. Is this project already approved by the Mayor and Vancouver City Councillors and when was that approval given? The lack of transparency on this project is very concerning. Please provide what arrangement BC housing and the City of Vancouver has already agreed to in regard to this 12 story SRO project on Arbutus and 8th Avenue.

    Concerned Asks asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Concerned Asks,

    The West 8th Arbutus supportive housing project and the East King Edward Avenue are the first two proposals being put forward by BC Housing, as part of a joint agreement between the Province and the City of Vancouver to build at least 350 new permanent supportive homes. What has not yet been approved is the rezoning.

    Minister Eby was speaking in reference to the confirmed and signed agreement in place between the Province, through BC Housing, and the City of Vancouver to build 350 new supportive homes in the coming years. The locations for these new homes have not been confirmed or approved by the City yet.

    Both of these proposals are in the early stages. BC Housing is currently seeking community feedback and questions. The next step for these sites will include BC Housing submitting applications for rezoning to the City of Vancouver. This will be followed by a public hearing in several months where the community will have the opportunity to share their feedback with Mayor and Council – before a decision is made about these two sites.  

    Sincerely, 

    Skylar

  • Why did BC Housing deicide to target this location for single space dwelling? If this is the desired location (so close to schools) why not target families and multi room dwelling similar to the location on Laurel and 7th?

    Nic asked about 2 months ago

    Hello Nic,

    BC Housing works in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, provincial health authorities and ministries, other levels of government and community groups to develop a range of housing options.

    We work to address critical gaps across the housing continuum, which range from emergency shelter and rent assistance in the private market to affordable home ownership. The homes at W 8th and Arbutus are proposed to be supportive housing which is designed for adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. BC Housing is also creating thousands of new homes across the province for families, women fleeing violence, seniors and people with disabilities.
     

    For more information on the range of housing BC Housing builds, please see the summary of homes created here: https://www.bchousing.org/about/our-organization

    Thank you,

    Community Liaison 

  • Why are single parents excluded from this supportive housing building?

    Concerned Asks asked about 2 months ago

    BC Housing works in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, provincial health authorities and ministries, other levels of government and community groups to develop a range of housing options.

    We work to address critical gaps across the housing continuum, which range from emergency shelter and rent assistance in the private market to affordable home ownership. The homes at W 8th and Arbutus are proposed to be supportive housing which is designed for adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. BC Housing is also creating thousands of new homes across the province for families, women fleeing violence, seniors and people with disabilities.
    For more information on the range of housing BC Housing builds, please see the summary of homes created here: https://www.bchousing.org/about/our-organization

    Thank you,

    Community Liaison 

  • The supportive housing proposal is being met with much criticism and what appears to be opposition from local residents. Does this mean Kitsilano neighbours do not want to help the homeless?? Of course they do, but the logistics of placing a twelve story building directly adjacent to a school and park is poor planning. The City has rejected the application from a developer for an eleven story building at Broadway and Arbutus and now they are trying to rapidly pass the supportive proposal through, is this a done deal ? The residents that would occupy the 150 resident supportive housing building have individual backgrounds, some with complex drug addictions that would require special medical care by trained professionals. The City does not guarantee safety for the nearby school and this causes fear and apprehension from the schools parents. Children and families should feel safe within their buildings, and in the playground. The nearby Delamont Park, a longtime Kits landmark named after the legendary Kits Boys Band leader, Arthur Delamont is a favourite gathering for families and they deserve to feel safe as well. The heritage buildings of Kits should remain intact or all will be lost to a maze of concrete. So before passing this through, please listen to the community, it’s neighbours, schools, the lasting legacy to the area that many have called home for decades.

    Kits senior asked about 2 months ago

    This proposal is very early in the process and there are many opportunities for people to engage. You can: 

    Feedback submitted through these channels will be considered in the development of the rezoning application. 

    The project is in the early stages and BC Housing has not yet submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver. Once BC Housing submits a rezoning application to the City, there will be a City-led consultation that will include a virtual Open House and a Public Hearing. 

    Sincerely,

    Community Liaison 

  • I submitted the question below March 9 and was promised a prompt response. I am still waiting for that response! Clearly you have standardized pre-scripted "answers" to all of the worthy and important questions posed below. Your repetitious "answers" are missing the mark and not addressing the valid concerns raised below. Can you please go back through the questions and answer them properly. For example, why can there not be more spaces added to the event, or an additional event offered? Clearly there is a demand for this interactive event that the various other options for providing public comment are not fulfilling.

    Roberta asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Roberta, 

    There are many ways to provide input into the proposal, you can: 

    Feedback submitted through these channels will be considered in the development of the rezoning application. 

    The project is in the early stages and BC Housing has not yet submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver. Once BC Housing submits a rezoning application to the City, there will be a City-led consultation that will include a virtual Open House and a Public Hearing.