Site preparations to begin for temporary modular supportive housing
07 December 2018
Site work to prepare for the construction of temporary modular supportive housing located at 6999 Alderbridge Way is anticipated to be underway before the end of 2018.
Initial work will begin with site preparation for the housing foundation and alterations to the existing City off leash dog park to accommodate the modular housing units. The anticipated project timeline is as follows:
- December 2018: site preparation of the supportive housing and relocation of the interim off leash dog park at the north end of the site
- February 2019: construction of the supportive housing and temporary shut-down of the off leash dog park
- March 2019: landscaping of the supportive housing site and long-term (5 years) off leash dog park
- March/April 2019: anticipated completion of site work and construction of the units including occupancy
On May 18, 2018 Council approved the development of temporary modular supportive housing to help address the needs of residents currently experiencing homelessness in Richmond. The proposed project includes 40 self-contained units with wrap-around supports and will be located on the City-owned site for up to five years. The project is funded through the Province’s Rapid Response to Homelessness Program, which endeavors to provide housing and necessary support services for vulnerable individuals.
During the planning phase the address of the project was identified as 7300 Elmbridge Way. Due to the planned orientation of the building, the formal address will be 6999 Alderbridge Way. There is no change to the site location.
For more information on the temporary modular supportive housing project or other affordable housing initiatives in Richmond, visit richmond.ca/affordablehousing.
Housing affordability remains a crucial issue in Richmond and throughout Metro Vancouver. The 2017 Homelessness Count estimated that at least 70 Richmond residents are experiencing homelessness, representing an 84% increase since 2014. According to local service providers, the total number of homeless individuals is greater than 120.