Vancouver Agreement Housing

Housing Projects


City of Vancouver Housing Centre

Demographic Study of Downtown Eastside Residents

A demographic study of residents in Downtown Eastside single-room-occupancy (SRO) hotels and social housing dwellings determined the socio-demographic and economic profile of residents, their health and social-service needs, condition and cost of their housing, and their housing history. This information will inform planning for social housing and programs targeting low-income residents. The project was a VA partnership with the province (BC Housing) and the City of Vancouver. (2007) Read the report.

Kindred Place

Kindred Place provides 87 units of supportive housing for low-income singles. Thirty units on are designated for singles recovering from addictions and actively committed to a recovery lifestyle. 57 units are for singles from SROs in the Downtown South. All tenants enter into initial five month occupancy agreement, with long-term tenancy being the objective. A range of support services are available on a voluntary basis, including life-skill training in housekeeping, shopping, laundry and personal banking. There is also support to link to community activities, educational options and vocational training.  (2007)

Private SRO Pilot Project

This project provides support to private sector SROs to enhance livability and improve the health of tenants. As well, the project helps provide stability within the hotels and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Support is in the form of outreach workers, SRO management courses, and accommodation supplements. (2004, 2009)

Housing Strategy for Girls

This three-year initiative identified key issues and barriers that street-involved young women and girls face in accessing safe, supportive, and sustainable housing. The project provided opportunities for marginalized young women to take leadership in developing creative options for housing and other prevention measures that address the root causes of young women becoming involved in street life. Vancouver Agreement funding was directed at capacity building and leadership development in the project’s first year. (2004)

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Bedbug Pilot Project

In partnership with the City of Vancouver, the province (Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance) and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, the VA funded a two-phased pilot project to identify and develop strategies for a comprehensive approach to combating and preventing the spread of bedbugs in the community. Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) members were employed to do the pest control and education and consultation using a peer-to-peer support model. (2006, 2007) Read the report.

Watari Research Association

SRO (Single-Room-Occupancy) Management Program

Watari developed and is delivering an innovative training program to increase the skills and knowledge of SRO hotel owners and managers, as well as improve health and safety standards in these hotels. Funding is being used to coordinate the logistics of training and performance-based workshops, develop workshop content and materials, and to promote and advertise the workshops. (2004 – 2009)

Youth Funders Committee

Youth Housing Options Study

The Youth Funders Committee, a partnership with the City of Vancouver, the province (BC Housing and the Ministry of Children and Family Development) and Vancouver Coastal Health, commissioned a Youth Housing Options Study to provide information and options regarding the appropriate types of youth housing services needed in Vancouver for the next five years. The scope of the study included the number of youth requiring housing, the locations of the youth, and the range of housing options needed to meet their needs; the types of services required; and barriers to access services. (2006) Read the report.

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