Council Approves Refugee “Welcome House Centre”
In an interview with the CBC yesterday, Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISS of BC) director Chris Friesen announced that Vancouver City Council has approved a new, first of its kind in the world, 58,000 square foot facility that will address the needs of immigrants and refugees.
Henriquez Partners Architects, ISS of BC, and Terra Housing are working together to create a fully integrated regional service hub that brings together a variety of essential organizations, programs, and services that address the needs of immigrants and refugee newcomers to Vancouver.
Resources planned for the new Welcome House Centre include medical services, English language training, trauma care, child care, classroom space, a youth centre, banking facilities and a legal clinic. Also included within the program is the ability to provide short- and longer-term transitional housing through modular bed and unit arrangements, which can be reconfigured to create socially responsive housing.
The facility will be located on Victoria Drive, close to local transit options and is slated to open in the spring of 2015.
Read more about the project.
[Top Image: Rendering, Henriquez Partners Architects]