The city of Vancouver has recently announced a new housing initiative for low income housing residents. The project will be located at 1050 Expo Boulevard in what is now a triangle shaped parking lot between Expo Boulevard and Pacific Boulevard.
Priority living in this new project will be given to residents of the Downtown south area and or neighbouring communitites. Tenants will be single individuals with low incomes, homeless or at risk of being homeless, and currently living in older hotels and rooming houses Downtown. Tenants may have mental health, addiction or other health issues and will include those in need of supportive services. The building will designed to LEED Gold standards.
Other features will include:
*9 residential floors with 133 studio units averaging 330 square feet.
*First floor will be dedicated to office space, ammenity and support services, including reception, counselling and office area, exercise room, conference room, library, computer and TV rooms, laundry, community kitchen and a multi purpose space.
*Large landscaped outdoor ammenity space at ground level.
*13 underground parking spaces, storage area, and bicycle area for 100 bicycles.
*a building security and controlled access system.
*minimum of 2 staff on duty 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
The support services provided to tenants at 1050 Expo Boulevard include:
*Supporting the day to day living of tenants by providing emotional support and life skills programming.
*working with tenants to link them to services in the community regarding health, mental health, counselling and daily support services.
*Advocating on behalf of tenants in applications for medical and disability benefits.
*Developing tenant committes to provide input into the mangement of the buildings and meeting tenants' needs.