Nora Hendrix Place
258 Union Street, Vancouver B.C. • Total units: 52
PHS Community Services Society (PHS), in partnership with Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS), has opened its fourth and final temporary modular housing facility, Nora Hendrix Place, on 258 Union Street. Nora Hendrix Place completes the City of Vancouver’s delivery on the provincial government’s $66 million commitment to build 600 homes to house Metro Vancouver’s street and shelter homeless population. Tenants in temporary modular housing live in the units for a designated term until they are matched with permanent housing, while accessing healthcare supports, community programming and pre-employment training.
Nora Hendrix Place will provide housing for 52 residents, and will be supported by the healthcare and programming services standard across the PHS housing continuum. The development, constructed and planned in conjunction with BC Housing, Boni Maddison Architects and Horizon North, will also feature a commercial grade kitchen and programming specific to the needs and culture of the Black community.
The site is on the historical Hogan’s Alley Block, which was once ho me to a thriving Black population in the early and mid 1900s. The settlement was forcibly disbanded when the City of Vancouver constructed the Georgia viaducts, which were flagged for teardown in 2018. HAS has worked with the City of Vancouver and PHS to mark the removal of the viaducts as a repatriation opportunity for Vancouver’s Black community.
“When you come to Vancouver, people often say ‘where is the Black community?’” said June Francis, Co-Chair of Hogan’s Alley Society. “We’re fragmented and it’s hard for us to create the kind of presence we say could really benefit the city.”
The residence is named for Black community organizer Nora Hendrix, who came to Vancouver from Chicago and settled in the Hogan’s Alley block. She helped establish the AME Fountain Chapel at Jackson Avenue and Prior Street, which was an important cultural resource and gathering space for the Black community in Hogan’s Alley. She served on the church’s Board of Directors, recruited preachers, and was a lifelong member of the choir.
“The housing at 258 Union is powerful in the systemic and long reaching effects of colonialism and anti-Blackness it addresses,” said Andy Bond, Executive Director of PHS. “We believe that by combining compassionate approaches in harm reduction and low-barrier housing services with the development of safe, authentic and intentional community programming, we are venturing into a community wide partnership that will be most effective in disrupting the legacy underinvestment for Black and Black identified communities in Vancouver.”
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