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Richmond Council Approves Temporary Modular HousingCity of Richmond
RICHMOND - Richmond City Council has approved a temporary modular housing project at 7300 Elmbridge Way that will provide 40 new homes with supportive services for the homeless within the community.
At the end of a two-night special meeting on Friday, May 18, Council voted to authorize staff to negotiate terms for a five-year ground lease with BC Housing for the City-owned property. Staff were also authorized to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding with BC Housing and RainCity Housing outlining roles and responsibilities for operation of the new facility. Staff were directed to concluded negotiations on the two agreements within two months and report back to Council.
Council also directed staff to continue to work with BC Housing and other housing providers to seek additional permanent supportive and affordable housing options in Richmond.
The supportive housing project will address the immediate needs of vulnerable people in the community struggling to find a stable place to live. More information on the project can be found on the City’s website at Richmond.ca/RapidResponsetoHomelessness.
The City of Richmond’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2017–2027 was adopted by Council in March 2018. The proposed housing at 7300 Elmbridge Way addresses a gap in Richmond’s housing continuum (non-market housing with supports) and will provide homes to vulnerable populations, including persons with mental health and addiction issues. This housing gap and priority group in need were identified through community consultation for the Housing Affordability Profile (companion document to the Affordable Housing Strategy).