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“The results of the At Home / Chez Soi project provide one of the strongest confirmations to date that a “Housing First” approach is fundamental to ending homelessness and confronting the challenges of mental illness and addiction.

“The City partnered on the project by providing space for supportive housing for 100 residents at the Bosman Hotel. Today’s report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada confirms the success of that project and its service model, and clearly demonstrates the importance of significant new federal and provincial investment to build urgently needed new supportive housing. With the program coming to an end, the success of At Home is a clear demonstration that the federal and provincial government should continue to support the participants so that we don’t roll back the progress we’ve made, and that they can transition into stable, long-term homes with community supports.

“We’ve made important progress on Vancouver’s homelessness action plan, and I want to ensure we see it through. The success of the Housing First model shows that we’re on the right track. Working together with community partners and all levels of government, we’re committed to building a city where none of our fellow residents are ever forced to sleep on the street.”

- Mayor Gregor Robertson

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For the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s full report, please click here:
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/node/24376 

 

 

Residents and visitors to Vancouver restaurants will have an extra hour to enjoy warm weather nights on an outdoor patio this upcoming season.

Establishments with good track records will once again be able to invite their patrons to enjoy Vancouver’s fresh air later into the evening. Expanding from its 2013 pilot program, the City has already approved 53 locations for extended patio hours starting now, through summer 2014.

“Patios are a big draw for residents and tourists alike, and help build a lively, vibrant street scape,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With patio season upon us, I know many Vancouverites will enjoy the extra hour to socialize outdoors later into the night.”

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After two years of community consultation with input from over 7,800 participants at 115 public events and meetings, City Council voted last night to approve a balanced and inclusive new 30-year community plan for Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood, which includes more affordable housing and the development of a 10 acre waterfront park.

“Marpole is an important gateway to Vancouver and one of our city’s oldest neighbourhoods, and it’s home to an especially high number of seniors, young families, and renters,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We took the time to listen to the community and get it right, and the new Marpole Plan reflects that input by focusing new density on major arterials and protecting neighbourhood character. It’s a balanced and inclusive plan that focuses on building new affordable housing, creating jobs, improving transportation, and creating significant new green space throughout Marpole and along the Fraser River, and I am very proud to support it.”

The plan will support the construction of 1,085 units of new social housing, 835 new units of rental housing, and over 6,800 new home ownership units over the next 30 years. It also supports significant community amenity upgrades, crucial new park space – including a 10-acre park along the Fraser – and the creation of over 9,500 new jobs and 478 new childcare spaces.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council voted today to move forward with a comprehensive array of recommendations from the final report of the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force, building on 11 months of community input and feedback.

Council referred the recommendations to staff for review and a report back on implementation, with proposed steps outlining ways that Vancouver City Hall can improve voter turnout, enhance consultation, and better engage with newcomers and new immigrants across the city. The report also included a variety of suggestions on how local residents and community groups can help make Vancouver a more engaged and interconnected city.

“The recommendations of the Engaged City Task Force offer a strong vision and plan for how we can enhance civic involvement in Vancouver and build stronger engagement in communities throughout our city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “I want to thank the Task Force again for their thorough work to include such a strong depth of ideas about how to achieve that goal. Making progress on important challenges like housing affordability and becoming the world’s greenest city requires active participation from a broad cross section of our community, and I look forward to continuing our work to improve how City Hall engages with Vancouver residents.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council voted today to approve a balanced and community-driven plan for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) that will build significant new affordable housing and revitalize the neighbourhood’s heritage character.

The plan’s approval follows three years of development by a resident-led committee, and the hosting of over 300 meetings and consultation events.

“The Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan represents a thoughtful, balanced, and resident-driven vision for Vancouver’s oldest and most diverse neighbourhood,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This plan reflects residents’ aspirations for a community with safer and more stable housing, protections for low-income residents, stronger support for mental health and addictions, and a more vibrant local economy.

“This plan will create a healthier, more inclusive neighbourhood – but not at the expense of low-income residents.”

Strong new measures are incorporated to protect and improve existing low-income housing while adding new affordable options both in and outside of the neighbourhood, including 3,350 social housing units outside the DTES over the next 30 years.

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