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In a significant move towards addressing homelessness and supporting Indigenous communities, the Vancouver City Council has unanimously approved the rezoning application for a 12-storey supportive housing tower just south of Renfrew SkyTrain Station. This transformative project, led by BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, aims to offer sanctuary and stability to Indigenous individuals who are at risk or experiencing homelessness.

The project will include 76 supportive homes, each containing a studio with a private bathroom and kitchen. Designed with the specific needs of Indigenous residents in mind, the facility will include spaces for cultural practices alongside essential amenities such as shared laundry, a commercial kitchen, a dining area, and program spaces, all supported by trained personnel.

Designed by S2 Architecture, the project embodies a blend of functionality and cultural reverence. The exterior facade will incorporate Indigenous art, adding a meaningful touch to the architectural design. Our team recognizes the profound impact of this initiative, not only in providing much-needed housing but also in cultivating a sense of belonging and pride within the Indigenous community.

With rezoning approval secured and development and building permit applications forthcoming, construction is slated to commence in early 2025, marking the beginning of a new chapter in Vancouver’s approach to homelessness and supportive housing. 

For more information, please refer to the original article here.