- Project Type
- Special Needs
- 1601 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC Canada
- Share this project
“Sanford gave us a fresh opportunity to showcase our creativity by designing a space that’s inspirational, socially relevant, economically viable and environmentally responsible.” – Larry Adams, Principal Architect.
“I’d like to thank all partners who worked tirelessly to ensure that Sanford Apartments became a reality,” said Dave MacIntyre, Executive Director, MPA Society. “This new supportive housing, located in Kitsilano, brings a valuable new option to people who are facing mental health challenges living in this neighbourhood.”
This 9-storey building contains 62 dwelling units with associated amenity areas and a social service centre. A third to a half of the units will be occupied by persons with a mental illness. All units will be tenanted by core-need singles.
The Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Hotel stock in the city of Vancouver has become increasingly vulnerable due to age; lack of revenue; a more difficult tenant profile; and competing uses. There are 6,000 SROs in the city that need to be replaced.
The foundation of this project is a commitment by BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, Katherine Sanford Housing Society, and Motivation, Power & Achievement Society (MPA) to build on the City’s network of social and supportive housing projects. It is one of twelve City owned sites which are being developed as social housing in an effort to address homelessness in the City of Vancouver.