Reducing Homelessness and Building Community
In pursuing our goal to helping to break the cycle of chronic homelessness, BCS works in partnership with community organizations and others to support multi-purpose projects that demonstrate an effective combination of appropriate housing and social programs.
BCS assists projects in securing funds and in providing managerial, legal, project management and communications expertise.
Aboriginal Mother Centre Building Expansion
BC Women’s Hospital discharges an average of 50 aboriginal mothers each year who have no home. Their babies are apprehended. Children being taken into care are more likely to end up on the street.
BCS provided essential support to the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society in the development of the first phase of the Aboriginal Mother Centre. Phase 1 of the development is now complete. The Centre offers 16 units of Supportive Transitional Housing for homeless aboriginal mothers and their children. It also provides licensed daycare, support services, a commercial kitchen, meeting rooms and a commercial business enterprise. [AMC home page]
What women find when entering the Centre is a warm, homelike, culturally safe environment filled with families and women confronting similar uncertainties. Some will need to stay for a few weeks, some for several months. In the period from November 2011 to November 2014, 114 women and 166 children have graduated from the AMC Program and are now living in stable housing. Of the 166 children, 23 had been living in foster care.
BCS is now actively engaged in developing Phase II of the project which will add 30-35 units of permanent non-market rental housing.
BCS work with the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society is in partnership with Builders Without Borders, the Lu’ma Native Housing Society, BC Real Estate Foundation, the City of Vancouver, BC Housing, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Streetohome Foundation.
Vancouver Single Room Only (SRO) Tenants’ Conference
BCS provided support for the organization and programming of the first Vancouver SRO Tenant Conference which included 18 local organizations. The event, which took place in October 2014, focussed on living conditions and tenants’ rights.