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Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society Provides $200,000 to Local Organizations

October 13, 2011

Surrey - The Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society announced the recipients of its 2011 annual grants today. The Society is providing close to $200,000 to nine Surrey-based agencies to support projects that will provide solutions to homelessness in Surrey.

“We believe the solution to homelessness is long term, supportive and sustainable housing,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “Together with our community partners, Surrey is developing innovative initiatives that are producing real results. Since 2009, we’ve taken over 350 people off the street and into housing with the supports they need. And, over 270 new social housing apartments, and 200 beds have been created since 2006. Together, we are helping people build healthy, financially independent lives.”

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 $1.65 million has been awarded to local organizations.

Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society has emerged as a leader in solving homelessness and housing issues, through its strong collaborative work with local agencies, its ability to leverage dollars for greater results, and its firm belief in “Made in Surrey” solutions.

“The residents of Surrey should be very proud of how our community has come together to help solve homelessness,” says Councillor Judy Villeneuve, President of the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society. “Today we not only provided funding for community groups who are making a real difference in the lives of those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, we also celebrated the successes we are starting to see from our investment over the past few years.”

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The 2011 Grant Recipients:

BC Synod ELIC: $15,000.00, Surrey Urban Mission Site Redevelopment

Surrey Urban Mission, a ministry of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, B.C. Synod, provides programs and services for neighbourhood kids, single moms, elderly and disabled residents, people who are currently homeless and those who are vulnerably housed as well as those with challenges related to addiction and mental illness.
The site redevelopment project will envision a development of the building that will make best use of the land in providing services and affordable housing for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver: $50,000.00, Re-zoning and Capital Improvement

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.
$50,000.00 has been awarded for re-zoning and capital improvements on a transitional house, which would increase the capacity of the women’s addiction treatment program, adding 18 more beds.

Launching Pad Addiction Rehabilitation Society: $12,500.00, New Roof

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.

$12,500.00 has been awarded for to repair a leaking roof. The repair will prevent the loss of ten client beds over which the roof leaks and will provide shelter for the oncoming winter season.

Lu’ma Native Housing Society/First Funds Society: $10,000.00, Community Voice Mail Project

Lu’ma Native Housing Society was created to provide affordable housing to Aboriginal families and individuals with low to moderate income.

$10,000.00 has been awarded for the community voice mail project through which organizations with homeless/phones clients can provide a local phone number with a personalized phone greeting message and voice mail service. This allows clients to confidently apply for housing, employment, and access to health care and be in contact with family without the detriment of the poverty stigma.

Options Community Services Society—Hyland House Cloverdale: $50,000.00, Hyland House Cloverdale Enhancement

Options Community Services Society is committed to empowering individuals, supporting families and promoting community health. To this end, Hyland House Cloverdale shelters individuals who are homeless or deemed 'at risk' of becoming homeless

$50,000.00 has been awarded to this shelter site situated on approximately 3 acres. The program came into operation with the understanding that it would transition into a pet friendly shelter service, transitional and long term housing program that also operates as a therapeutic farm for individuals needing to work on personal challenges. The intent is to build 15-20 emergency shelter spaces and 20 self contained units which can accommodate pets.

Sources Community Resources Society: $22,500.00, Surrey Homelessness & 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.

$22,500.00 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.

Sources Community Resources Society: $30,000.00, 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.

$30,000.00 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.

White Rock South Surrey Community Foundation: $5,000.00, Peninsula Homeless to Housing Roundtable

White Rock South Surrey Community Foundation aims to help individuals and groups make an ongoing difference in the Semiahmoo Peninsula region. $5000.00 has been awarded to the Peninsula Homeless to Housing Roundtable. The Roundtable develops leadership capacity through on-going communication and provides advocacy opportunities for affordable housing on the Peninsula, including Homelessness Action Week activities.

Sources Community Resources Society: $4500.00, Peace Arch Free Dental Clinic (PAFDC)

Sources Community Resources Society has been a source of support to individuals and families coping with isolation, addiction, poverty, disability, and conflict. $4500.00 has been awarded to the Peace Arch Free Dental Clinic so free dental care on Friday mornings, and additionally, dental hygiene care on Friday afternoons starting in the fall can be accessed. Basic dental care is to resume on Mondays as well.