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The social housing units at Vancouver's Olympic Village are still empty. ((CBC))

Non-profit groups in Vancouver say they're frustrated it is taking so long to move people into social housing at the Olympic Village.

Many of the 475 market rental units now have residents, but bureaucratic delays mean the 250 social housing units are still empty.

Am Johal, president of the Impact on Community Coalition, said the delay is just the latest frustration with the project. 

"When budget overruns were happening, it's not the speedskating oval or the billion dollars in security where funding in the budget came out of — what it came out of was the social housing," he said.

"These are the pieces that are being viewed as an afterthought, and the process to actually fill up these spaces continues to reinforce that."

The social housing units will be managed by a non-profit organization, but groups have yet to see a request for proposals from the city.

Until someone is hired to manage the social housing units, no one can move in.

"In some degree, this kind of undermines the belief that many of us had in civil society organizations. The social housing was very much an afterthought," Johal said.

The delays, Johal said, show the commitment to mixed neighbourhoods in Vancouver is not strong enough.

A spokesperson said the city and BC Housing are in talks to work out the problem.

The $1.1-billion Olympic Village project, a waterfront development in Vancouver's False Creek neighbourhood, has been plagued by controversy.

Earlier this year, the city halved the amount of social housing it had promised to provide in the development.

The project also had to be rescued by the City of Vancouver with loan guarantees in order to get it ready for the Olympic Games in February.

In addition, several aspects of the project — from the public portion of the development to the social housing units — have been plagued by cost overruns.