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Temporary Modular Housing

Providing the right supply of housing, with the right supports for the City's lower income and homeless residents continues to be a top priority.

By using temporary modular housing, lower-income and homeless residents are placed directly into housing with supportive services until they can transition to longer-term housing solutions.

The Government of British Columbia announced a funding commitment of $66 million towards 600 units of temporary modular housing.

The new housing will be built on underused or vacant sites across Vancouver to address the immediate needs of housing for homeless residents.

What is modular housing?

A modular home is a unit built inside a factory.

The finished units are covered and transported to new locations, where they are assembled into a building by professional builders. It is not a mobile home.

"The City is making big moves to get the right supply of housing that meets peoples’ needs and incomes.” - Mayor Robertson

Development sites

Learn more about our current and future Temporary Modular Housing development sites by clicking on the developments below.

501 Powell St

The site at 501 Powell St will be subject to a development permit application process that will begin in the coming weeks. Read our information bulletin for more information on the process.


1115, 1131, and 1141 Franklin St

Council will consider referring a report to public hearing that would change the land use designation in the Regional Context Statement Official Development Plan (RCS ODP) for 1115, 1131 and 1141 Franklin St from Industrial to General Urban, on a temporary basis, so that it can be considered for temporary modular housing. Read our information bulletin for more information on the process. 

W 59th Ave and Heather St (650 W 57th Ave)

Rendering of Temporary Modular Housing development at W 59th Ave and Heather Street

Our next housing development will be home to two, three-storey buildings; each with 39 homes (total of 78 homes) for homeless residents.

We welcome your comments on this development application. 

220 Terminal Ave

220 Terminal Avenue Temporary Modular Housing developmentIn 2016, Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA)  announced it was working to provide Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing development.

Horizon North was selected from a shortlist to construct the project. 


Benefits of temporary modular housing

  • Provides a home for lower-income and homeless residents in approximately six months
  • Helps street homelessness by providing a home with the right supports until permanent, affordable housing is available
  • Designs are built to the City's building codes
  • Creates a sense of community
  • Reduced waste during manufacturing and installation
  • Delays are less likely to happen during construction in a controlled environment 
  • Provides an opportunity for temporary housing for up to five years
  • Can relocate and reconfigure to fit different sites or future sites

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