Strengthened Partnerships in the Fight Against Homelessness
October 12, 2012
Surrey – The Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society announced the recipients of its 2012 annual grants last night. The Society provided close to $240,000 to nine Surrey-based agencies working to address the challenges of homelessness.
“Surrey is focused on providing long-term, sustainable, and affordable housing. The community has come together to develop unique, made-in-Surrey solutions and I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve been able to make through the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Fund,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.
The annual grants are funded through the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Fund, which was established by the City of Surrey in 2007. The City was the first municipality in B.C. to establish a fund dedicated to homelessness and housing, and has provided close to $10 million to the Fund. Since inception, almost $2 million has been awarded to local organizations.
“The Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society has emerged as a leader in solving housing issues through its strong collaborative work with local agencies, and its ability to leverage dollars for greater results,” says Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Chair of the Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society.
In addition to the grants, the Society named the inaugural recipients of the Heroes of the Homeless award, for their contributions to helping the homeless.
2012 Grant Recipients
Providing Access to Housing and Support Services:
$40,000 to Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver – Ellendale Housing & Treatment
Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver provides support services to some of society's most vulnerable populations – women, girls and children at risk of involvement, involved in or affected by the justice system.
$40,000 has been awarded for capital improvements on their residence, which will increase the capacity of the women’s addiction treatment program, adding 8 more beds.
$42,526 to Launching Pad Addiction Rehabilitation Society
The Launching Pad Addiction Rehabilitation Society works to rehabilitate adult victims of substance abuse for re-entry into society as contributing citizens. To accomplish this, The Launching Pad manages and maintains an affordable residential facility for persons of low and moderate income to enable pursuit of a 12-step program of recovery and promote living skills.
$42,526 has been awarded for the Launching Pad to renovate a space within their current facility to accommodate an additional 8 beds and safety upgrades.
$12,381 to Luke 15 House
Luke 15 House is a Christian based transition home for those who have been in trouble with the law and are recovering from addictions. We are providing a grant of $12,381 so they can install a freezer room in order to reduce costs of providing meals to their residents.
$25,000 to Pacific Community Church – Cloverdale Community Kitchen
Pacific Community Church opened in 1991 and provides space and volunteers for relief and social service programs. The Surrey Homelessness & Housing Fund is contributing $25,000 for a capital kitchen renovation project to provide a commercially-approved kitchen capable of serving meals in support of the Church and Community Groups hosting meals for the homeless and near to homeless in Cloverdale.
$45,000 to Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society – Harmony House 2nd stage home for abused women
2012 marks the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society’s 25th anniversary of empowering newcomers and immigrants.
Harmony House provides homeless immigrant women and their children fleeing abuse with a shelter that is safe, secure and provides for basic human rights and needs.
With a grant of $45,000 PICS will hire a full-time house coordinator to offer supportive housing services within Harmony House, and supportive housing resources to immigrant women and children who do not fit within the mandate of Harmony House.
To aid in the effort to Prevent Homelessness:
$20,000 to Sources Community Resource – Surrey Rent Bank
Sources Community Resources Society, which recently merged with Newton Advocacy Group where the Surrey Rent Bank was formerly held, has been a source of support to individuals and families coping with isolation, addiction, poverty, disability, and conflict.
$20,000 has been awarded to the Surrey Rent Bank which prevents and reduces homelessness for low income individuals and families by providing loans for rent, security deposits and utilities arrears, and financial literacy workshops.
In the area of Building Sector Capacity:
$10,150 to Kwantlen Polytechnic University
The goal of CIRCLE is to create productive interdisciplinary partnerships between Kwantlen faculty, students, staff and members of local organizations and other community groups. Their aim is to create meaningful opportunities for dialogue through research, speaker series, and other community events.
The CIRCLE is being awarded $10,150 to carry out a unique research project that will give voice to the vulnerably housed and will create an opportunity for peer to peer interaction in the research process. Their goal is to understand the lived experience of those who are vulnerably housed in order to ensure that their needs are met.
$20,000 to Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness/Metro Vancouver – Three Ways to Home Regional Homelessness Plan Update
The Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness is a coalition of community organizations and all levels of government that work together to end homelessness in the Metro Vancouver area.
The project will update the Three Ways To Home Regional Homelessness Plan and develop goals, actions, objectives, timelines and cost of each priority.
$25,000 to Sources Community Resource - Surrey Homelessness and Housing Task Force
Sources Community Resources Society, which recently merged with Newton Advocacy Group where the Surrey Homelessness & Housing Task Force was formerly held, has been a source of support to individuals and families coping with isolation, addiction, poverty, disability, and conflict.
$25,000 has been awarded to the Surrey Homelessness & Housing Task Force, which collaborates in a number of ways to improve coordination of services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and to raise public awareness about and involvement in solutions to homelessness in Surrey.
Inaugural Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society Heroes of the Homeless Awards:
Robbie and his family put on the Skate for the Homeless earlier this year, raising over $1,000 for our Fund. What is remarkable is that Robbie was just 10 years old. We’ve also learned that he is continuing his good work with a book sale this summer for the Surrey Urban Mission and is participating in a leadership group at school.
Harold Pinter and Choran Stone from Valhalla Roofing really came through when Kla How Eya All nations Youth Safe House needed a new roof. What was extraordinary was that Valhalla reached out to their suppliers and their staff to provide a brand new roof completely free. They also did an excellent job installing the roof.
Mark LeBourdais on behalf of his Delview Secondary School Theatre Class:
The class, motivated by the inspiring story of a classmate whose sister experienced homelessness, put on a truly remarkable play called “The Blues”. They raised almost $600 for the Fund as well as awareness in their community about homelessness.
For more information: http://surreyhomelessnessandhousing.org/
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Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
Surrey Homelessness and Housing Fund