Photo by Chung Chow
After hearing from passionate residents during a special council meeting that packed council chambers, and extended over two nights last week, Richmond City Council has approved a temporary modular housing project at 7300 Elmbridge Way.
The project will provide 40 new homes with supportive services for the homeless within the community.
Council voted toauthorize staff to negotiate terms for a five-year ground leasewith 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.