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atira unveils canada's first recycled shipping container social housing development

Today Atira Women's Resource Society unveiled the first recycled shipping container social housing development in Canada, with twelve self-contained units on one standard city lot. The project is located at 502 Alexander Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and provides six social housing units for older women as well as six units at Housing Income Limits rental rates.

The first shipping container was dropped on location on November 30th, 2012 and the project was completed in July, 2013. The first tenants will move in September 1, 2013.

Streetohome provided $120,000 for the project to help fund the six social housing units for women in Atira's Intergenerational Mentorship Program. The women chosen to live in these units will be formerly homeless or precariously housed, and will act as mentors to the young women living next door in Imouto House.

Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society, spearheaded this innovative project, “Atira had the vision and the tenacity to see this project through a precedent setting development process, despite criticism and opposition. We are grateful to our funding partners who stood by us. The building and individual suites look better than we ever could have imagined.”

Congratulations to Atira and all of their partners on this innovative new project!

Read the news release and find more info on the project page. Check out a detailed photo gallery of the project from the Vancouver Sun