Atira wins award

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The outside of Atira’s apartment building
(Photo: Ward Perrin, PNG)

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
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Atira is an organization. Atira helps women in Vancouver, Surrey and White Rock.

Atira builds homes for women. Atira owns 13 buildings. They house 1,200 women.

The homes are safe places. The homes are low-cost.

They built a new apartment in downtown Vancouver.

They used old shipping containers. The building has 12 apartments.

Read the PDF and do the exercise

Shipping containers travel by train. (Photo: PFFY / CC, Flickr)

Shipping containers travel by train.
(Photo: PFFY / CC, Flickr)

The address is 502 Alexander Street, Vancouver.

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association liked the apartment building. They gave Atira a prize for the building.

It is the first apartment in Canada built with shipping containers.

Shipping containers travel on ships. (Photo: Curtis Gregory Perry / CC, Flickr)

Shipping containers travel on ships.
(Photo: Curtis Gregory Perry / CC, Flickr)

What is a shipping container?
Shipping containers are large metal boxes.

They hold goods shipped by train, truck and ship.