After months of planning and building, we’re finally here! PHS Community Services Society is proud to open Chartrand Place on 1131 Franklin Street. The temporary modular homes are part of the B.C. government’s $66 million commitment for 600 units of temporary modular housing in Vancouver.
“This new modular housing will serve as a stopgap until there is permanent housing available for our residents,” said Jennifer Breakspear, Executive Director of PHS. “This project, developed with the City and BC Housing, means that the residents of Chartrand Place will be able to call the project home for five years. Our modular project will fit within our continuum of health and services so that the folks who move in will receive the same care and support we provide to all PHS residents.”
Chartrand Place houses 39 residents, with seven homes that are wheelchair accessible. The development, constructed and planned in conjunction with BC Housing, Boni Maddison Architects and Horizon North, will also feature embedded services such as peer employment programs and a community garden and apiary. The building is named for Michel Chartrand, who was one of the residents of the original Portland Hotel.
“We named this building after Michel because his story is a tale of hope and resilience we see every day in the Downtown Eastside,” said Breakspear. “He was diagnosed with HIV early in the AIDS epidemic, and yet, despite his diagnosis, he lived longer than expected at the time, thanks to the embedded services in our continuum of care at the Portland. He passed away from AIDS-related complications in 2003, but his memory is a testament to the full life a person can have when provided with safe, stable housing and a sense of community.”
The project comes at a time when the city’s population of homeless residents have reached staggering heights. City of Vancouver’s 2017 homeless count reported a final tallied survey of 3,605 people.