City of Vancouver celebrates opening of affordable housing project, Dogwood Gardens

THE City of Vancouver is partnering with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Tikva to provide 138 new affordable homes at Dogwood Gardens, located at 603 West 59 Avenue as part of the Cambie Gardens development.

The project was developed through the City’s inclusionary housing policy, which requires developers to provide social housing to the City through large redevelopment projects. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Tikva will co-manage the housing. The development will also include an amenity space, children’s play area, parking and storage.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the opening of Dogwood Gardens. The City of Vancouver is committed to delivering much-needed quality housing while developing collaborative relationships with community partners. We applaud the work of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Tikva who have helped expand options for culturally appropriate housing across our city,” said Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim on Tuesday.

He said that to meet the needs of our growing population and ensure the city remains vibrant and diverse, it’s important that there is affordable and varied supply of housing. Dogwood Gardens is one of the many projects the City has fast-tracked to reduce Vancouver’s housing affordability gap and to provide a strong foundation for the future of Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver said it is committed to delivering quality affordable housing and developing collaborative relationships with community partners who manage them. The Dogwood Gardens project is evidence of delivering on these promises and delivering much needed housing spaces.

 

Quick Facts: 

  • Of the 138 new homes, there are 34 studio units, 35 one-bedroom units, 41 two-bedroom units and 28 three-bedroom units.
  • There will be a mix of rents, including: 14 shelter rate units.
  • 10 units are reserved for people in the province’s Supporting Tenants, Enabling Pathways (STEP) program which helps them transition out of supportive housing, making room for people who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk in those supported homes.
  • 55 units will be rented at rates affordable to people who earn up to BC Housing’s Housing Income Limits (HILs).
  • 69 units will rent at lower-end-of-market with rents roughly 10 per cent below market rate.
  • It is the first of four affordable housing buildings being developed at Cambie Gardens which will ultimately provide 540 new affordable homes.

 

Housing Vancouver is the City of Vancouver’s 10-year housing strategy to reduce Vancouver’s housing affordability gap and to provide a strong foundation for the future of Vancouver. Learn more about the strategy here.

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