Looking Ahead to 2013/2014

Spencer Chandra Herbert, Rob Turnbull and Geoff Plant at Vancouver Rent Bank launch

Spencer Chandra Herbert, Rob Turnbull and Geoff Plant at Vancouver Rent Bank launch

In 2012, Streetohome focused on completing our first Capital Campaign and opening Vancouver’s first Rent Bank, while continuing to increase supportive housing in Vancouver. 2013 and 2014 will be busy, with six of our eight City Sites opening by the end of 2014. As we move into Phase II (2013-2015) of our 10-Year Plan, we are reviewing our progress, identifying lessons learned, and setting new targets based on the Homeless Count.

Our immediate focus is to complete the eight City Sites, monitor and promote our progress in reducing homelessness in Vancouver, and work on the three goals in our 10-Year Plan. We are exploring innovative and evolving practices in housing construction, tenant mix, support services, and homelessness prevention. Streetohome is investigating new construction methods that lower housing costs and shorten the building cycle to increase housing density on individual lots, and is also working with developers to build a robust business case for larger mixed income housing developments across the City.

Streetohome Board Members Geoff Cowper and Penny Ballem at Taylor Manor announcement

Streetohome Board Members Geoff Cowper and Penny Ballem at Taylor Manor announcement

Our organization will continue to prioritize supportive housing as a way to solve homelessness. A key to our success will be to continue to keep homelessness on the provincial and municipal agendas, and to create public awareness and understanding of this very complex social issue.