Streetohome Foundation launched 2010 with great expectations, as we released Community Action on Homelessness: Streetohome’s 10-Year Plan for Vancouver. It was a great road map for much of the work in the past year, and for the years still ahead.
The Plan has three main goals that have helped us to focus our efforts in the last year –
provide permanent, supported housing; prevent homelessness for the most vulnerable; and build public support and commitment for ending homelessness.
In the 12 months since launching Streetohome’s 10-Year Plan, we’ve helped jump-start the creation of more than 900 new supported housing units in Vancouver with the City and Province through a $20 million committment; contributed to prevention; and continued to grow and develop best practices. We’ve worked to bring the business community and service providers together around a common goal: connecting non-traditional groups outside of the homeless initiative and making them part of the solution.
Streetohome’s success relies on strong and healthy partnerships. We participate in a number of organizations including the Homeless Partnering Strategy, 3-Ways to Home, the Downtown Vancouver Association, the Interfaith Alliance and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association. Our Streetohome committees bring together interests from across the spectrum, including academia, service providers, police, business, health, the City, and the Province.
Despite challenging economic times, with the leadership of our Chairman John McLernon and the Capital Campaign Chair Frank Giustra, and through the generosity of our donors, we ended 2010 at more than half-way to our Phase 1 fundraising goal of $26.5 million.
Our Committees have been hard at work identifying new opportunities to support housing and programs which show great promise for good outcomes, to raise funds for new projects, and to report on how we are performing as an organization and as a community in creating change.
We were delighted to support the development of eight City sites and put shovels in the ground at the first project, for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, located at Fir & 7th, and to be part of the opening celebrations of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi Bosman Hotel Community.