Stop Gap Housing
The need to stem homelessness in Vancouver grows more desperate each year as the number of people on the street increases at a rate far exceeding available shelter spots. Stop Gap Housing is a proposal to erect one thousand prefabricated dwellings—based on the modular housing that mining companies provide for remote workers—in eight temporary villages around the city and bring an end to the current homeless crisis. The units can be manufactured cost-effectively and installed quickly to meet current demand while more permanent solutions are implemented.
The self-contained communities consist of 116 units and offer support services alongside accommodation. They are designed around a central hub that has a management office, covered patio, communal kitchen, laundry facilities, eating and gathering areas, and storage lockers.
With a lifespan of five years, the units’ temporary nature negates the lengthy zoning, development, and building permit processes required for permanent social housing. This interim solution can house people with dignity at a fraction of the $55,000 per person, per year currently being paid to administer to homeless people on the street.