Vancouver builders and social activists saw the potential of container homes in meeting the needs of a vulnerable population. The Atira women’s shelter in downtown Vancouver houses women at risk and their children. Twelve units have been assembled with private sleeping quarters and communal living spaces, allowing the residents both privacy and community — but more importantly, a safe shelter in which to live and repair.

Women who live there are very grateful for the experience and the quality of the accommodations and they speak highly of it.

Years later, inspired by their own success and spurred on by need, Altira is looking to break ground on an exciting new project — an even more ambitious installation is in the planning stages.

Economical, flexible and quick to build, these container homes are an ideal way to respond to individuals who need accommodations and for whom waiting is not viable.

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