Affordable housing partnership announced for Delbrook
Today, the District of North Vancouver and Hollyburn Family Services Society announced an agreement to partner on a project to create affordable rental housing on the site of the Delbrook lands at 600 West Queens Road in North Vancouver.
District of North Vancouver Council voted on November 18, 2019 to approve rezoning of the southern portion of the site for residential uses, consisting of a mix of low to moderate income rental housing. The remainder of the site was rezoned as a neighbourhood park.
The next steps will be for Hollyburn Family Services Society to secure funding and then to proceed with design and implementation of affordable rental housing.
“I am proud to work with Hollyburn on this much-needed project that will serve the needs of families and individuals on low to moderate incomes,” said Mayor Mike Little of the District of North Vancouver. “Delivering social housing in the District is a critical step to ensure residents can remain in our community in housing they can afford, close to their family and supports.”
“Over the past few years we have witnessed the challenge individuals and families have faced finding affordable housing in our community. We are very excited to work with the District of North Vancouver to develop much-needed housing for a mix of family sizes and incomes,” said Hollyburn Family Services Society Chairperson, Alan Kwinter.
The site of the old Delbrook Community Centre, located at 600 West Queens Road in North Vancouver has been the subject of three years of community consultation and a previously defeated application for social housing in November 2018. The south portion of the site has been rezoned for residential use and the north portion of the site has been rezoned as a neighbourhood park.
District of North Vancouver
Located on Metro Vancouver’s North Shore, the District of North Vancouver extends from the Capilano River in the west, to Indian Arm in the east, and from Burrard Inlet northwards to the Coast Mountains. With a population of just over 85,000 and a total land area of just over 16,000 hectares, the District is the largest of the three North Shore municipalities. The District’s unique geography and location combine to offer the benefits of simultaneously being part of a dynamic metropolitan region while living next door to a vast natural wilderness.
Hollyburn Family Services Society
Hollyburn Family Services Society is committed to providing support and services to the increasing number of youth, seniors and families that face housing instability. It offers services that are community oriented, collaborative, and responsive to individual and community needs while working with existing local resources. The agency provides comprehensive and distinctive services to respond to those in our community who are experiencing social issues. The most common social issues addressed are youth, senior and family homelessness and housing instability, domestic and gender-based violence and factors that marginalize youth. Hollyburn Family Services operates programs accredited by CARF International, and remains committed to continuous quality improvement across all its programs.