Great news for Carrall Street and housing advocates: Funding is finally in place to get going on the 44 unit housing project for low-income people who are at risk of becoming homeless. The building on the corner of Carrall and Hastings has been covered in murals on hoarding for years it seems. Finally some action! Construction begins January, to create 250 sq ft units that will be completed in 2008.
The ground floor will be commercial/retail, with residential floors above. Funding partners include the federal government, the City of Vancouver, Concord Pacific, and finally – the Province of BC which will kick in with rent subsidies.
“The renovated hotel will provide new homes for low-income Downtown Eastside residents and is a great example of what we can achieve by working together,” Rich Coleman, minister responsible for housing, said Friday.
But 44 units are only a start. We’re looking out for more housing for the homeless and near-homeless. This is not the time to turn our backs on those who need to have the basics of life. We need more than good wishes, but political will, funding, and intelligent partnerships to tackle this enormous social problem.