Housing : What is Modular Housing?
Modular housing is a quick and affordable way to create homes for people who need them the most.
Here are some facts about modular housing:
- Modular housing is partially built in a plant, shipped to the site and assembled on a foundation.
- It’s estimated that modular housing takes about half the time to build as traditional construction – some projects being completed in as little as three months.
- It’s very sustainable, using fewer materials since it’s built in a plant and can be constructed to meet LEED energy-efficiency standards.
- It provides immediate relief to hundreds of people facing homelessness.
- Having a secure place to sleep is the first step in helping people to come off the streets, stabilize and start rebuilding their lives.
- Modular housing is managed by non-profit housing operators, providing a range of on-site supports, such as life-skills training, and connections to primary health care, mental health or substance use services.
- The supports residents receive are tailored to their needs to help them maintain their housing.
- Initial results of modular housing projects in BC have shown improvements for residents in many areas of their lives, including:
- increased housing stability
- improved quality of life,
- improved health
- positive community relations
- reduced use of emergency health services
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