Monday, December 24, 2012

A 2013 Christmas Present for Vancouver's Homeless

Today I received an email from rental housing activist Tom Durning describing an innovative solution to house some of Los Angeles' homeless.http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-skid-row-housing-20121216,0,1039440.story

It reminded me of a proposal I made to the Province and the City of Vancouver back in 2008 and 2009 following a study I undertook in conjunction with architects NSDA with funding from BC Housing. Our proposal was to create a stock of affordable modular units that could be set up for a period of time on a site, and subsequently relocated. Just like school portables are often used.

At the time, the proposal received a lot of media coverage but didn't go anywhere, in part I'm told, because neither Gordon Campbell nor Rich Coleman liked the idea of housing people in 'containers'.

The fact is, these weren't containers...they were purpose built prefabricated modular units that could be set up on a private property and relocated after say three years or more once the property was approved for redevelopment.

Others objected to the proposal because on a cost per square foot they claimed they were not much cheaper than permanent housing. Well, that might be true...except the units were planned to be much smaller and permanent housing solutions in Vancouver often cost significantly more than they should....in the order of $300,000 a unit. or up to $1000 a foot for projects like the Pennsylvania Hotel.

Relocatable modular units would cost less than one sixth of this amount, and take significantly...let me repeat significantly less time to construct.

Others pointed out that there's nothing more permanent than a temporary solution. I agree. But by placing these units on private property, they would ultimately be relocated...just like the community garden at Davie and Burrard. It won't be there five years from now!

Below is a presentation I made to the DTES community at the Carnegie Centre in which I suggested that we use the parking lots of the Drake Hotel for this type of housing.  Sadly, it did not proceed...meanwhile the facilities at the Drake have remained unused...and I don't believe we're much further ahead on a permanent redevlopment of that site.

So here's my proposed Christmas present to Vancouver's homeless. Let's try a demonstration project in 2013 to test out this idea. I am confident that while it is not THE answer to housing the homeless...it is another solution that could dramatically help many people by moving into something that's much better than a shelter, at a relatively modest cost.

























Finally, here's a description of the proposal that was published on the ThinkCity website and a Vancouver Sun commentary by my colleague Bob Ransford whose judgement is regarded highly by many of us in the Vancouver housing and development community.

http://www.thinkcity.ca/node/162

http://www.househunting.ca/story_print.html?id=4f4d087d-e550-4a02-8d44-d6796cbb4f52&sponsor=

As we approach a new year, with a 2015 goal of ending street homelessness, I hope that the City and Province will take another look at this idea so that we might create a demonstration program by next Christmas Eve. What a wonderful Christmas present that might be for many Vancouver residents currently in shelters or on the street.  Merry Christmas






123 comments:

Anonymous said...

How can we really end homelessness in Vancouver, when new arrivals continue to come from colder parts of Canada? How can we possibly house everyone that wanders into our city?

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Anonymous said...

Another list. This time it is 5 things not to expect in 2013:
1. Announcement by the government that there will be a comprehensive and public review of the antiquated Strata Property Act,
2. The Vancouver Sun will announce that it will no longer be the house organ for the real estate industry and start to cover issues affecting the province's 700,000 strata owners,
3. The Real Estate Council will investigate strata owner complaints about misconduct by strata managers,
4. Rich Coleman will meet with strata owner representatives rather than land developers, and
5. Strata owners will stop blaming their strata councils for bad decisions arising from their own apathy and failure to attend the AGM.

See www.strataadvocate.ca

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