The City of Vancouver is set to partner with the YWCA on an innovative housing project that will see 31 new units of affordable housing for low-income mothers built on top of a new fire hall in southeast Vancouver.
The unique partnership between the City and the YWCA is the latest in a series of projects that see the City utilizing community facilities as a way to deliver new affordable housing. Last month, the City approved a proposal for the YWCA to build low-income housing above a new library in Strathcona.
"The City is dedicated to looking at every possible option for getting new affordable housing built, and our partnerships with the YWCA are leveraging real results," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "This new housing will provide safe, affordable homes for mothers and their children, and at the same time create a new community hub by combining it with a new firehall for the neighbourhood. I want to thank the YWCA for their continued leadership in helping some of our city's most vulnerable citizens."