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temporary homeless shelters overview

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Designed to assist with the shortage of available shelters for the approximately 2000 homeless people living in Greater Vancouver, the Temporary Homeless Relief Shelter (THRS) initiative acts as a complement to existing shelters and/or an alternative for those not wishing or able to access existing shelters. The initiative will operate with the assistance of the community for the winter months and will provide approximately 240 shelter beds per month.

The THRS initiative was made possible by the Reid and MacInnes families and their group of companies who have backed the building, transportation, cleaning and maintenance expenses throughout the winter months.

Each unit includes:

  • Eight individually accessible 4' x 8' lit and heated rooms that can accommodate 1 individual with a cart or 2 individuals during extreme weather conditions
  • A handicap accessible room and washroom facility
  • Upper and lower bunks
  • 12 volt LED lighting
  • 12 volt diesel furnace for hot water heat
  • Carbon monoxide, smoke, door and emergency alarms
  • Chemical style porta-pottie
  • Fire retardant single piece mattress and pillows
  • Steel insulated doors
  • Lexan glass windows
  • Fire extinguishers in both the check in office and mechanical room
  • Reading lights (2 per room) and clothing hooks

Designed with the safety of its occupants in mind, each unit will be surrounded by a portable 6 foot fence structure with a locking gate. The mobile and self contained nature of the structure allows for it to be transported into areas of homeless at night and then picked up at dawn for transport to a day lot where it will be cleaned, disinfected and readied for delivery for the next night.

Technical specifications:

  • Unit construction: Used 40' container and used suspension from a trailer unit
  • Walls and coating: Thermo paint with 1200 degree flash point
  • Insulation: Each unit is fully insulated underneath with spray foam and for noise suppressing and has a R14 rating
  • Space requirements: 45' x 14' with fencing

THRS hopes to partner with a community organization to provide trained staff and volunteer monitors for dawn to dusk shifts. The said organization will ideally already be in provision of a continuum of services and supports for homeless.