2014 is shaping up to be our busiest year yet at Streetohome Foundation. With four buildings opening in 2014 – 1134 Burrard, 111 Princess, 2465 Fraser and Taylor Manor (951 Boundary) – there will be an additional 450 units of supportive housing. We will be granting out almost $9 million dollars in 2014, more than all of our other years combined. Our homelessness prevention efforts are anticipated to impact similar numbers. Ultimately, Streetohome will have funded the development of nearly 850 units and helped over 1700 vulnerable people across the City of Vancouver.
We will keep seeking out innovative and cost effective opportunities to move people off of the street and out of shelters into safe, supportive housing in Vancouver. As identified in our 10-Year Plan to solve homelessness, we will find and fund evidence-based models that prevent homelessness for vulnerable individuals exiting foster care, hospitals and corrections. We will also explore workforce solutions and hope to implement promising employment practices to address the relationship between poverty, unemployment and homelessness.
Streetohome will continue to build relationships with BC Housing, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Foundation, non-profit service providers, universities and others in a united effort to solve homelessness in Vancouver.