Progress Report

  1. Total amount of funds raised by Streetohome (as of December 31, 2013): $27,775,548
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    • Streetohome Foundation is committed to increasing levels of public, private and philanthropic investment in permanent supportive housing and homelessness prevention initiatives. To date we have raised nearly $28 million, including 100 per cent of our $26.5 million Capital Campaign goal in less than two years.

  2. Total amount of funding contributed to projects (since 2008): $9,113,360
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    • Streetohome has granted more than $9 million to the following projects:

      • $2,940,000 – Marguerite Ford Apartments (215 West 2nd Avenue)

      • $2,200,000 – Howe Street (1237 Howe Street)

      • $1,240,000 – Sanford Apartments (2299 Fir Street)

      • $1,100,000 – Bosman Hotel/Mental Health Commission of Canada (1060 Howe Street)

      • $500,000 – Aboriginal Mother Centre (2019 Dundas Street)

      • $500,000 – Vancouver Native Housing (31 West Pender Street)

      • $283,600 – Vancouver Rent Bank (prevention program)

      • $250,000 – London Hotel (208 East Georgia Street)

      • $160,000 – Covenant House Semi-Independent Housing (prevention program)

       $120,000 – Atira Container Housing Project (502 Alexander Street)

      • $45,000 – Portable Rent Subsidy Program (prevention program)

      • $30,000 – Shared Services Business Case (prevention program)

  3. Amount of funding contributed to projects through Streetohome in 2013: $5,795,267
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    • In 2013, Streetohome contributed nearly $6 million to supportive housing and homelessness prevention projects in Vancouver.

      Projects funded included:

      • $2,940,000 – Marguerite Ford Apartments (West 2nd Avenue)

      • $2,200,000 – Howe Street (1249 Howe Street)

      • $133,600 – Vancouver Rent Bank (prevention program)

      • $366,667 – Bosman Hotel/Mental Health Commission of Canada (1060 Howe Street)

      • $80,000 – Covenant House Semi-Independent Housing (prevention program)

      • $60,000 – Atira’s Container Housing Project (502 Alexander Street)

      • $15,000 – Shared Services Business Case (prevention program)

  4. Total number of units opened and tenanted in 2013: 269
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    • In 2013, Streetohome funding helped open 269 units, including:

      • 147 units – Marguerite Ford Apartments (215 West 2nd Avenue) – Katherine Sanford Housing Society & RainCity Housing (opened in June 2013)

      • 110 units – Howe Street (1237 Howe Street) – McLaren Housing Society (opened in August 2013)

      • 12 units – Container Housing (502 Alexander Street) – Atira Women’s Resource Society (opened in September 2013)

  5. Total number of units open and tenanted (since 2008): 396
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    • Streetohome continues to support the creation of new supportive homes for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Vancouver. From 2008-2013, we funded the following developments:

      • 12 units – Container Housing (502 Alexander Street), Atira Women’s Resource Society (opened in September 2013)

      • 110 units – Howe Street (1237 Howe Street) – McLaren Housing Society (opened in August 2013)

      • 147 units – Marguerite Ford Apartments (215 West 2nd Avenue) – Katherine Sanford Housing Society & RainCity Housing (opened in June 2013)

      • 62 units – Sanford Apartments (2299 Fir Street) – Katherine Sanford Housing Society & MPA Society (opened in June 2012, official celebration November 2012)

      • 24 units – 31 West Pender – Vancouver Native Housing (completed June 2012)

      • 16 units – Aboriginal Mother Centre (2019 Dundas Street) – Aboriginal Mother Centre/Lu’ma Native Housing (completed December 2011)

      • 25 units – London Hotel (208 East Georgia Street) – Atira Women’s Resource Society (completed 2009)

  6. Total number of people housed (since 2008): 614
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    • Of the 396 supportive housing units that Streetohome has funded and that are open and tenanted, some of the units are single occupancy, while others are family units and some are permanent, while others are transitional housing. Overall, Streetohome helped over 600 people through supportive housing by the end of 2013. This number does not take into account unit turnover (except for Aboriginal Mother Centre’s transitional housing), which means that the actual number of people helped is considerably higher.

      • 12 people (single occupancy units) – Atira Container Housing (502 Alexander Street)

      • 114 people (single occupancy units, plus three family units) – Howe Street (1237 Howe Street)

      • 147 people (single occupancy units) – Marguerite Ford Apartments  (215 West 2nd Ave)

      • 62 people (single occupancy units) – Sanford Apartments (2299 Fir Street)

      • 24 people (single occupancy units) – 31 West Pender Street

      • 230 people (family units, transitional housing) – Aboriginal Mother Centre (2019 Dundas Street)

      • 25 people (single occupancy units) – London Hotel (208 East Georgia Street)

  7. Rate of people stably housed: 89%
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    • Sanford Apartments at 2299 Fir Street, the first city site funded in partnership with BC Housing, the City of Vancouver and Streetohome Foundation, celebrated one year of being open. Working with MPA Society support staff on site, BC Housing conducted a tenant outcomes evaluation one year after the building opened and found that 89% of tenants have remained housed at the site. Six of the seven tenants that left moved to housing with support services that were better aligned with their needs and only one tenant returned to homelessness.

  8. Number of people prevented from becoming homeless in 2013: 228, including 39 children
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    • In its first year of operations (October 2012-2013), the Vancouver Rent Bank approved 137 interest-free loans, helping 228 people – including 39 children – avoid being evicted. The loans are granted to people in imminent danger of losing their housing, and are interest free for up to 24 months.

      Streetohome provided the loan capital for the Vancouver Rent Bank through a generous $365,800 donation from The Radcliffe Foundation (over three years).

  9. Total number of people prevented from becoming homeless (since 2008): 303
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    • Streetohome has supported three prevention initiatives to date. These programs have helped prevent more than 300 people from becoming homeless.

      • 228 people, including 39 children helped in 2013 through the Vancouver Rent Bank. Streetohome’s contribution to this project was made possible by the Radcliffe Foundation.

      • 39 people, including 10 children helped in 2010 & 2011 through McLaren Housing’s Portable Rent Subsidy program.

      • 36 people helped in 2012 & 2013 through Covenant House’s Semi-Independent Housing program for youth.  Streetohome’s contribution to this project was made possible by Scotiabank and Bell Canada.

  10. Number of units approved for capital fundraising in 2013: 80
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    • In 2013, Streetohome Foundation started a project-by-project fundraising campaign by approving three projects for funding, including:

      • 8 units - Bridge Housing for Women (101 East Cordova) – Streetohome is contributing $160,000 to the redevelopment of the seventh floor of Bridge Housing run by Atira Women’s Resource Society. The Sue Bujold floor will open in 2014, providing eight units of end-of-life care housing for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

      • 20 units - Co:Here Housing (1st Ave & Victoria Drive) – Streetohome is contributing $520,000 to a collaborative project between Salsbury Community Society and the Grandview Calvary Baptist Church to build supportive housing on a church parking lot. Scheduled to open in 2015, Co:Here Housing will provide 20 units for homeless people from the surrounding neighbourhood. Six units will be for co-residents who will pay a reduced rent in exchange for helping the other residents develop independent living skills.

      • 52 units - 41 East Hastings (between Carrall and Columbia) – Streetohome is contributing $1,040,000 for 52 supportive housing units for women-led couples who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This 198 unit mixed-income development will have market rentals, rent geared to income units (maximum rent 30% of income), and supportive housing all under one roof. The market units in the building will subsidize the cost of the supportive housing units, which will be managed by Atira Women’s Resource Society.