New housing opens for Vancouver homeless

Dunbar Apartments today became the fifth new supportive housing development to officially open under a partnership between the Province and the City of Vancouver.

Managed and operated by Coast Mental Health, the four-storey building at 3595 W. 17th Ave., provides 51 affordable and supportive apartments for adults living with mental health challenges who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Through a partnership with St. George’s Place Housing Society, four of the apartments are for individuals with physical disabilities. Five apartments are designated for individuals who are Jewish and in need of supports through Yaffa Housing Society.

The total capital cost of this project is $13.9 million. The B.C. government provided $9.2 million and will provide an annual operational subsidy of approximately $519,190. The City of Vancouver provided $4.7 million through a combination of land, contributions for the retail units and development cost waivers. Vancouver Coastal Health provides the sum of $217,000 per year.

Another five of the 14 developments under the partnership between the government of B.C. and the City of Vancouver are either under construction or nearing completion.