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Vancouver Aims to 'End' Homelessness

In an ambitious new plan, the city pledges to house every resident by 2015
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Andy Clark / Reuters

2015 is the "end" of homelessness in Vancouver, according to plans currently underway by the city. Officials have been working over the years to reduce the city’s homelessness, and in July passed an ambitious plan that targets eliminating street homelessness by 2015 and creating nearly 40,000 new units of social, rental, and condo housing by 2021.

The plan is aimed at building multiple types of housing to address shortages, but the first three years focus mainly on supportive and social housing. It calls for 3,650 units of such housing, 1,700 of which are already funded and in either the planning or construction phase. According to city councilor Kerry Jang, the need for this type of supportive housing has skyrocketed in recent years.