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BC Housing and City granted injunction to stop delays on temporary modular housing development in Marpole

December 5 2017

"The City is listening to comments from the neighbourhood and working hard to resolve any concerns. We have dozens of social and supportive housing projects throughout Vancouver that are successful and I'm confident that this project will be too."

Rendering of 650 West 57th Ave

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of BC granted an injunction which will help prevent further delays to the construction of vital temporary modular housing at 7430 and 7460 Heather Street (650 West 57th Avenue).

On Friday, BC Housing Management Commission, the City of Vancouver, and the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation filed for an injunction to prevent protestors from blocking access to the site and stopping construction from beginning on this urgently needed housing project.

Lack of access to the site has already impacted on the timeline, as a result of this, the people in need of this housing may not be able to move into the property before the end of winter.

"We respect people's rights to protest, but blocking the construction of much-needed housing for the homeless is not something the City can accept," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "We've made the decision to proceed with this project very carefully. The City is listening to comments from the neighbourhood and working hard to resolve any concerns. We have dozens of social and supportive housing projects throughout Vancouver that are successful and I'm confident that this project will be too."

The injunction requires that no-one loiters on the streets or sidewalks adjacent site, obstructs or prevents access to the site. The City had previously issued infraction notices to protestors on the site who blocked the sidewalk, but the protestors continued to block entrances.

Managing the housing safely and responsibly

The temporary modular housing will help 78 homeless residents into safe, warm homes which will be managed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by an experienced non-profit housing operator selected by BC Housing.

This site will be tenanted in accordance with affordable/supportive housing tenanting best practices, taking into consideration the surrounding neighbourhood including the adjacent schools and other uses.

The units are intended for people who are 45 years and older, currently homeless and living on the streets or in shelters in the local neighbourhood.

BC Housing and the non-profit housing operator are committed to ensuring that the temporary modular housing is managed safely and responsibly and will work with the community towards good stewardship of this site and the community in general. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that includes both community members and Parent Advisory Council members, as well as others representing community interest will be set up. The City will also work with the Vancouver School Board, BC Housing and Community Builders to set-up the CAC which will be the avenue to hear any continuing concerns and suggestions, and foster a positive reception for new residents.

The City understands the residents of the Marpole neighbourhood have concerns about the operation of the temporary modular housing but asks that they respect the injunction to avoid any further costly delays to this project.

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