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98 new modular homes near Queen E. Park approved by the City of Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver has approved the development of 98 new temporary modular homes that will give homeless Indigenous people first priority.

In a news release, the city says the focus on Indigenous homelessness is needed after it’s annual homeless count revealed that 40 per cent of Vancouver’s homeless population are of First Nation descent.

The Lu’ma Native Housing Society was chosen by the city as the not-for-profit operator of the two proposed buildings, which will be built starting in September.

The housing society will also provide round-the-clock support for the residents, including life-skills training, volunteer-work opportunities, and connections to community programs.

A condition of the development is the establishment of an advisory committee, comprised of volunteers, Lu’ma, Vancouver Coastal Health, BC Housing, police and the city.

The 98 new homes, expected to be opened in December, are roughly 30 square metres, include a kitchenette, bathroom, and a living room. 

The Canadian Press

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