A new temporary modular housing is planned for North Richmond, just south of SkyTrain’s Bridgeport Station and the bus loop.
The plan by BC Housing is to construct a three-storey supportive housing building with 40 studio units at 2520-2640 Smith Street and 9031 Bridgeport Road — a redevelopment of a small, irregularly-shaped city block with vacant and single-family dwelling lots.
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This 25,300 sq ft land assembly site, owned by the City of Richmond, will be leased by BC Housing over a period of three years for the temporary structures to create homes for the homeless.
These will be self-contained homes with a kitchenette and living spaces. Similar to other temporary modular housing projects, residents will have access to some indoor and outdoor amenity spaces.
Community Builders has been selected as the operator of the building, and will be required to provide at least two staff members at the site at all times to provide support for residents and maintain the property.
This development would be dedicated to Richmond residents who have a history of homelessness and need additional support to maintain housing.
According to the 2020 homeless count in Richmond, there are 85 people experiencing homelessness in this community, representing a 21% increase from 2017.