Vacant Vancouver jail transforms into affordable, low-income housing

Global News

At a vacant Vancouver jail in the Downtown Eastside, prisoners’ cells are being torn out and replaced with 96 brand-new social housing units.

What once was a place of incarceration will now become a space where vulnerable citizens can feel the freedom of a safe, comfortable home, while accessing social services.

The $13-million project to turn the vacant remand centre at 211 Gore Street is a collaboration between BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, non-profits The Bloom Group and BladeRunners, CPA Development Consultants and Henriquez Partners Architects.

The new housing will be managed by the non profits, which will provide innovative services to low-income residents, as well as at-risk youth.

Thirty-seven of the units will be designated for at-risk Aboriginal youth participating in the

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