Lu’ma Native Housing Society applies for two development projects in Vancouver using homeD BoxPods
Lu’ma Native Housing Society and homeD Modular Technologies Corporation are pleased to announce their intention to develop two sites in Vancouver’s downtown-east-side (DTES).
The developments on 323 Alexander and 1325-1333 East Georgia Street will create a total of 63 Temporary Modular Housing (TMH) units of supported housing. The developments will be 3-stories using cast concrete modules and reusing existing structures on the site for kitchens and amenities. The modular units will be manufactured locally in the Metro Vancouver region. Training and employment opportunities will be created for DTES residents during the duration of the project.
Due to the modularity and unique resilience of the homeD concrete BoxPods, these homes can be relocated and redeployed to possible future locations with minimal waste and cost. Each BoxPod is an independent and structurally complete unit so that they can be connected or disconnected easily for installation or relocation. Only the foundation, utility connections, community spaces and landscaping would be required at any new site when relocated.
Modular structures like homeD’s BoxPods allow for more rapidly produced homes and less construction waste. Unique to homeD are its thermal mass properties. Concrete homes provide thicker walls and tighter air filtration levels which save on total operating energy costs with lower maintenance, over-all life-time savings using more resilient materials, and healthier environments due to better air quality, which is especially important in damp climates like the Pacific Northwest. Compared to traditionally framed homes, homeD’s BoxPods and OPods have a lifespan that is five times longer. homeD is committed to providing inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable homes with a third party validated Environmental Product Declaration for its BoxPods and OPods.
It is estimated that the number of Canadians who experience homelessness on any given night in Canada is estimated to be at least 35,000 individuals. The recent Covid-19 pandemic is expected to cause chronic homelessness to increase some 49% over the next four years. homeD is proud to be working hard with partners such as Lu’ma, to ensure that every Canadian has a place to call home.
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Incorporated in 1980, the Lu’ma Native Housing Society has been providing affordable housing to Aboriginal families and individuals with low to moderate income. To improve social determinants of health Lu’ma has expanded their services to include: Lu’ma Medical Centre, the Aboriginal Patient’s Lodge, Community Voice Mail, the Aboriginal Children’s Village, and Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing Programme. Lu’ma is also the community entity for the BC Region on behalf of the federal government and the urban Aboriginal community delivery ‘Housing First’ funds under the National Housing Initiative to urban Aboriginal organizations who service the needs of the Aboriginal homeless community.
homeD offers rapid modular housing solutions with a mission to eradicate homelessness. With its internationally award-winning designs, the homeD OPods and BoxPods are providing safe, resilient, concrete homes that can be reused and relocated. Homes are self-contained units including sleeping, bathroom, kitchenette, and storage areas. Core to the philosophy of the company and its business practices is the homeD Circle of Good where homes are manufactured locally to support and stimulate local employment and commerce. Training and employment opportunities are given to target populations with the purpose and understanding that dignity and self-respect are necessary components to breaking the cycle of homelessness. homeD’s goal is to work with its strategic partners in developing net zero homes, using the latest technologies in carbon capture and energy use.