In 2017, Vancouver's Richmond suburb introduced the idea of temporary modular housing to address the province's growing homelessness crisis. Unfortunately, hundreds of protesters opposed the build at the time. B.C. government has now proposed a second modular complex and received far less polarized responses.
Using stacked units resembling Lego bricks, the city can construct temporary modular housing significantly less time than it would take to build permanent structures. Taking roughly three months of construction time, the modular buildings don't require excavation. Their flexibility allows them to be assembled and relocated to vacant lots.
Meals, community supports, and health care are provided to residents living in temporary modular homes while more permanent housing is developed.
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B.C. City Opts for Modular Homes in Response to its Homelessness Crisis
1. Modular Housing Solutions - Modular housing solutions offer a flexible and cost-efficient approach to addressing homelessness and housing shortages.
2. Community-focused Support Services - Community-focused support services that provide basic needs and healthcare are becoming increasingly important in the development of temporary housing solutions.
3. Sustainable Construction Methods - Sustainable and eco-friendly construction methods in modular housing can reduce waste and minimize environmental impact.
1. Construction Industry - The construction industry has the opportunity to embrace innovation and create new and efficient ways of building affordable and sustainable temporary housing.
2. Healthcare Industry - The healthcare industry can play a significant role in providing essential care and resources to communities experiencing housing insecurity.
3. Non-profit Sector - The non-profit sector can collaborate with government and private entities to provide community support services and transitional housing for the homeless population.