A company that is building a massive, 12-foot-tall timber frame on Vancouver Island to house the city’s homeless has opened its doors to the public.
The Timber Tree Service is one of many businesses that are opening up their properties to the homeless in the capital city.
Timber Tree Service will provide free, temporary shelter to the city of Vancouver homeless population.
The company says they’ve had an immediate positive response.
“We’re excited about this because we’re in a time where people are facing some of the most significant challenges of their lives,” says Brian Lehr, co-founder and president of Timber Tree Services.
“So, this really is a great opportunity for the city to be able to step in and take care of a number of those individuals, as well as a number that we’re doing with the Vancouver Island homeless population.”
The company will also be offering a rental home onsite for the homeless to use as temporary shelter.
Timbers are being cut down in Vancouver and have been transported by truck to their new home in Victoria.
Lehr says the company is in the process of putting together a detailed plan for the site, including a number for temporary housing and more permanent housing.
He says the goal is to build a home with the capacity for 150 to 200 people.
Timbans are also being installed around Vancouver Island, including in Victoria, Burnaby, and Whistler.
The city of Victoria is currently in the midst of building a shelter for the displaced homeless.
Tim Timber is building temporary housing at a site in Vancouver, B.C. (TimberTreeService.ca)Lehr said Timber Tree has plans to expand to other locations in Vancouver Island over the next few years.