BC affordable housing project to prioritize Indigenous community members

Mixed-used development in East Vancouver to include 85 affordable rental homes

BC affordable housing project to prioritize Indigenous community members
Duffie Osental

A new mixed-use affordable housing project in British Columbia is being planned by BC Housing and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS).

The project will be built on a city-owned vacant lot in East Vancouver on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. The development will include 85 new affordable rental homes for low-income families and individuals, as well as 53 new market rental homes – with priority being given to members of Indigenous communities.

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According to a report from the Vancouver Courier, BC Housing will take over ownership of the site once it’s rezoned, while VAFCS will operate the supportive housing portions.

“This project is designed to make a positive contribution to the community,” Susan Tatoosh, executive director of VAFCS, told the Vancouver Courier. “It will help people gain the skills they need to transition to independent living, celebrate the area’s rich and vibrant Indigenous history, and create a space where neighbours can connect to each other and people from all cultural backgrounds.”

Meanwhile, BC Housing is in the process of working with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) to identify a non-profit partner to operate the affordable rental homes.