Vancouver city council will vote on modular housing recommendations

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      Vancouver could have 600 new units of temporary modular housing before the end of winter.

      In a report to council's committee on policy and strategic priorities, senior staff recommend that the politicians authorize the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency CEO to reach an agreement or agreements with Horizon North Camp and Catering Partnership.

      This would enable the company to design and construct these 600 units on sites recommended by the city's general manager of community services.

      "Approximately 10 to 12 sites will be required for up to 600 HF-TM [housing first temporary modular] homes that are vacant or underutilized and allow for temporary use of five to ten years before permanent development begins," the report states. "As sites are confirmed, a site specific community dialogue process with an expanded notification area will be implemented."

      The council committee will vote on the report's recommendations at its Wednesday (October 4) meeting.

      Staff are also recommending that design and construction agreements be executed by B.C. Housing before any costs would be incurred by the city.

      B.C. Housing would "leverage the City's RFP process in order to meet the contemplated timelines for delivery of the modular units".

      "BC Housing has now just confirmed $66 million toward HF-TM homes in the City of Vancouver," the report notes. "They have confirmed that the announcement and funding of this program is in direct response to the urgent homelessness crisis, and is in addition to the City's annual partnership with BC Housing for winter shelter provision."