We’re continuing our successful partnership with the Provincial Government this winter, with the recent announcement that Minister Coleman will be investing $1 million into opening two new emergency homeless shelters.
The shelters will open on Howe Street under the Granville Street Bridge and across from Mount Saint Joseph Hospital in Mt Pleasant. As part of the partnership, the City will contribute up to $500,000 in building-related costs.
Over the past three years, our partnership with the Province has made a real difference in the lives of our most vulnerable, helping hundreds of people access a warm place to sleep at night, transition into housing, and get the support they need. The number of people sleeping on the street has decreased by over 650. And with several hundred units of new social housing opening in the coming years, we’re poised to make substantial progress on our goal of ending street homelessness in Vancouver by 2015.