North Van Travelodge to be leased for supportive housing

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Jun 07, 2022 – Jane Seyd/North Shore News

A temporary supportive housing project that’s been flying under the radar for the past two years in North Vancouver is expanding at the site of the Travelodge Motel on Capilano Road.

While the project started off as an offshoot of needs at the shelter, the current model isn’t intended to operate as a temporary shelter option.

It’s intended to provide more long-term housing for people who are likely already living in precarious situations in the community.

“The reality is, there’s lots of people experiencing homelessness that are already in our communities, they’re living in cars, on the streets, in tents, and parks, and couch-surfing from place to place,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “They’re hiding out in warmer, dry places wherever they can find them, and a lot of them will spend evenings and night with the Lookout shelter.”

The supportive housing will provide an option for adult men and women, with those from the North Shore getting priority.

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