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Council to vote on $1.2 million for Vancouver supportive housing 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Atira, which was behind this container housing project, is expected to oversee the new social and supportive rental housing project on East Hastings Street. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

Atira, which was behind this container housing project, is expected to oversee the new social and supportive rental housing project on East Hastings Street. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

Vancouver City council is expected to vote Wednesday on $1.2 million in funding for 120 units of social and supportive housing in the Downtown Eastside.

The grant would be given to the Atira Womens Resource Society for construction to take place at 39-41 E. Hastings St., which used to house 37 single-occupancy rooms.

The 12-storey building is expected to have nearly 200 residential units. Seventy-eight of the units will be rented at market value.

Atira proposes to prioritize the units for women, using women-headed lease agreements ... this would ensure that women would be able to remain in the housing should a relationship with a partner come to an end, the city said in its report.

The total project is expected to cost $29.6 million — Atira says it would secure a loan for most of it, and pay for operations through rent — and Vancouver's contribution would be about 4%.  

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