Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Homes for the Homeless Pop Up at Site of Vancouver Tent City

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Homes for the Homeless Pop Up at Site of Vancouver Tent City

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Homes pop up at site of Vancouver tent city

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VANCOUVER - What was a tent city for the homeless just a few months ago in east Vancouver is now a modular housing project where some of those campers and others will be housed.

The project is one of four the B.C. government and city of Vancouver have recently collaborated on in an effort to help get a growing homeless population off the streets.

Poverty Reduction Minister Shane Simpson said Friday the key to success of the projects is the round-the-clock support services available to tenants, including access to mental health and addiction specialists, as well as skills training and meal programs.

"What we know is if you don't have a safe, secure place to hang your hat, it's very, very hard to deal with the other challenges that might be in front of you, to deal with the other things you need to do to make life successful."

The so-called Sugar Mountain tent city was shut down by the city over health and safety concerns last December. It took just nine weeks to put together Chartrand Place, the 39-unit modular building on the site.

Officials will soon open a second such complex a 10-minute walk from the Sugar Mountain site that will be for women only.

The buildings are part of the provincial government's affordable housing strategy which aims to create 600 modular homes in Vancouver and 1,400 more across B.C. over the next three years to house people living in extreme poverty. …

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