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New housing initiatives

Our new housing initiatives will provide safe, affordable housing for low-income single mothers and their children. Thanks to a number of unique partnerships, we are building 3 new housing projects across Metro Vancouver.

YWCA Fire Hall project

We are partnering with the City of Vancouver on an innovative housing project that will be built above Fire Hall No.5 as part of its redevelopment project. Located at East 54th Avenue and Kerr Street in Vancouver, the project will provide 31 2- and 3-bedroom units of much needed housing for low-income woman-led families and their children. The location is excellent for families as it is near elementary schools, grocery stores and a community centre.

We have started our $3.2M capital campaign, $1M of which will be invested in an endowment fund to support the ongoing operating costs of the housing. Please help us make this safe, affordable housing community a reality by donating now.
Expected completion of the project: winter 2017
See our frequently asked questions about the project.

YWCA Como Lake Mews

Through a partnership with Beedie Living, we will have 7 new 2- and 3-bedroom townhouse units next to YWCA Como Lake Gardens in Coquitlam (528 Como Lake Avenue).

The townhouse units will be part of a Beedie Living development – a 26-storey residential tower located south of Como Lake Avenue and sold to the YWCA at a reduced cost of $1.5M. The capital has been raised with contributions from the Province of British Columbia – BC Housing, Rina Maria Bidin Fund, Valley Properties and Lindsay and Marily Mearns.

Similar to other YWCA supportive housing communities, Como Lake Mews will provide low-income single mothers and their children with a supportive and caring environment. Como Lake Gardens’ community development coordinator will connect tenants to resources such as child care, legal education and employment services.  Completion is scheduled for summer 2016.

YWCA Cause We Care House

Located at 720 - 730 East Hastings Street, the development includes the library on the first and half of the second floor, YWCA community family program space on the second floor, and 21 units (a mix of 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units) of long-term supportive housing for single mothers and their children who are at risk of homelessness on floors three to six. Completion is scheduled for fall 2015.

The housing component will be called YWCA Cause We Care House in honour of the lead donor, Cause We Care Foundation. The Province of British Columbia – BC Housing, Streetohome Foundation and the Ismaili Council for BC through the Ismaili Walk, are also generous donors to the project.

We have raised 80% of our $10.1M capital campaign to build YWCA Cause We Care House, a portion of which will be invested in an endowment fund to support the ongoing operating costs of the housing. Please help us make this safe and affordable housing community a reality by donating now.
See our frequently asked questions about the project.
Visit the project website: www.vpl-ywca-project.ca