This morning, Mayor Gregor Robertson thanked Housing Minister Rich Coleman, the Streetohome Foundation, Raincity Housing, the Katherine Sanford Housing Society and Vancouver Coastal Health for joining together to start development on a new 147-unit social housing project.
“This project provides a great opportunity for some of our most vulnerable citizens to get access to affordable housing and support services,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our partnership with the Province is delivering real results: from 2010 to 2011, we saw an overall decrease in homelessness of 110 people. This new affordable housing will build on our recent success and move us closer to ensuring that every citizen in Vancouver has a home.”
Today’s groundbreaking marks the creation of 147 studio and one-bedroom apartments with supports to help individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This is the eighth new supportive housing development to get underway – out of 14 in total – through the Province’s partnership with the City that will see around 1,570 new supportive units built in Vancouver. Streetohome joined the partnership with funding for eight of the developments.
The $38-million development at 215 W. 2nd Ave. is expected to be complete in early 2013.
Quick Facts – Supportive Housing:
- Under the partnership to build the 1,570 new units of supportive housing in Vancouver,
- the Province is investing more than $300 million and the City contributed the 14 parcels of land that are valued at $64 million.
- Streetohome Foundation joined in May 2010 and committed to fundraise $20 million to build eight of the developments.
To learn more about the Streetohome Foundation, please visit: www.streetohome.org
To learn more about Katherine Sanford Housing Society, please visit: www.kshs.ca
To learn more about programs and services offer by RainCity Housing and Support Society, please visit: www.raincityhousing.org
For information on provincial housing programs: www.bchousing.org