Shipping Container homes to be built in Vancouver

Shipping containers as homes? The idea may see far out of left field, however, in Europe it’s not only used for housing but also for markets. The use of shipping containers for housing projects has arrived in Canada and Vancouver is the first city to test this kind of housing project.

Twelve containers will be converted into social and affordable housing for women in the city’s Downtown Eastside, where construction began late last week.

The project that’s slated to be completed by next April was developed by the Atira Women’s Resource society, which purchased a lot in 2009 to build traditional housing.

Six of the 12 units will be occupied by women over the age of 55 at $375 a month in rent, while the rest will be for younger women who will pay about 30 per cent of market rent.