The City of Vancouver has turned a vacant lot in an industrial area of East Vancouver into a supportive housing project that houses nearly 100 people. The name Alewem comes from traditional Coast Salish language and means ” Home” , ” To be at Home”.

Each of the units measure about 320 square feet and include a kitchenette, bathroom, living/sleeping area, and individual heating. Two meals will be provided to the residents each day. We focus on collaborative case management and resident directed goals, to empower residents to find their own path to wellness. Our Whole Life Housing (WLH) Program uses a bottom-up approach, which allows residents to determine their own wellness goals and needs with the help and support of their family, friends and support teams. B.C. Housing will be responsible for overseeing the tenant application process, while the building will be managed and staffed by Community Builders Group, a non-profit housing operator.


For more information:

1580 / 1582 Vernon Drive

Vancouver, BC 





Alewem Housing Manager

Simran started working with Community Builders in 2021. Simran went to Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he completed the Business Management Program. He would like to pursure further studies in the Social and Medical Fields in the near future as he thinks necessary changes are needed in those areas. In his spare time, he loves to enjoy the outdoors and travel as he is passionate about having a healthy lifestyle. Simran’s motivation working for the organization strives from the happiness and satisfaction he gets working at Community Builders Group.