Housing the homeless in old shipping containers.
It’s something the City of Vancouver is looking at to cope with its homelessness problem.
City Councillor Kerry Jang says it’s issued a request for proposal for a company to build 30-40 modular units.
He says they would be 150 square feet, and portable.
“Previous units that we have already in the City of Vancouver are two standard shipping containers off a ship that have been offset and welded together to create a two room suite. They are very nice. You would never guess that were containers.”
Jang says developers could be offered tax incentives to allow the units to be placed on land until it’s developed.
“Currently the land is sitting empty and useless, let’s not using it for housing for 2-3 years. The nice thing is modular housing can be moved to different lots when that development does come.”
If the pilot project is successful, up to 300 units could be ordered a year.
Jang hopes to see people living in the units by the fall.