Kettle on Burrard, a new 16-storey supportive housing building, officially opened its doors to the community today, creating 140 self-contained studio units for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Vancouver.
The building is the eighth development to officially open under a partnership between the B.C. government and the City of Vancouver. Residents will have access to shared amenities space, common dining and recreational facilities, bicycle storage and a laundry room.
The building is also home to Directions Youth Services Centre, which serves homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 24 years. Open 24 hours a day, the centre provides a wide range of supports and services ranging from education and job skills programs, to mental health and addictions support.
The housing component of the building is managed by the Kettle Society and the youth centre is operated by Family Services of Greater Vancouver.
The B.C. government arranged approximately $25.6 million in long-term financing, $1 million for pre-development costs and over $5.7 million through the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The City of Vancouver provided approximately $686,000 in municipal reductions and the land valued at approximately $4.7 million.
Source: BC Government