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Tackling the joint issues of mental illness and homelessness

About 3,200 people are currently homeless in Vancouver. We live in one of Canada’s most expensive cities, and a lack of affordable housing is one of the reasons the rate of homelessness continues to grow.

At present, there are about 1,600 housing units in development by the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver, and it is expected that an additional 1,400 units may be needed to meet the demand for affordable housing and to keep people off the street. – Streetohome Foundation

Today, on World Homeless Day, we are helping to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and amplify the call for our community to get involved in addressing this important need. What else are we doing? Our Pacific Blue Cross Community Connection Health Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Streetohome Foundation.

The funding will support Streetohome Foundation’s project at 215 West 2nd Avenue. This development will create 147 units of housing and support to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

This facility provides housing for people with mental illness and addictions, and the programs and services on site will provide the residents with access to community medical and addictions support services.

The building will be managed by Katherine Sanford Housing Society and operated by RainCity Housing and Support Society.

Streetohome Foundation works in partnership with the Province of BC, City of Vancouver, and Vancouver Coastal Health.
Late this summer, Ken Martin, CEO, Pacific Blue Cross (right), and Lloyd Craig, Board Member, Streetohome Foundation (left), toured the facility at West 2nd. The site opens in 2013.

Pacific Blue Cross’ Community Connection Health Foundation offers financial assistance to organizations that promote mental health and prevent chronic disease.

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