Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Housing Units for Homeless in B.C. to Be Ready as Early as Next Year

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Housing Units for Homeless in B.C. to Be Ready as Early as Next Year

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Housing units in B.C. to be ready by winter

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VANCOUVER - British Columbia Premier John Horgan has announced funding for 1,000 new modular housing units in an attempt to tackle the growing issue of homelessness.

Horgan made the announcement Friday in Vancouver, where 600 units are set to be constructed on city-owned land.

The province has committed $66 million to the Vancouver buildings alone, where residents will also be able to access support services to help them rebuild their lives.

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says too many people are living on the street in Vancouver and throughout the province and the modular units offer a short-term solution while a more permanent housing strategy is developed.

The buildings are designed to contain about 50 units, each with an individual kitchen and bathroom, while laundry and other amenity spaces are shared. …

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