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Project adds 40 shelter units for Vancouver’s homeless

Project adds 40 shelter units for Vancouver’s homeless
PROVINCE OF B.C.—Vancouver officials announced 40 new units have been added to assist homeless youth.

VANCOUVER—Officials have announced the second phase of Covenant House Vancouver’s expansion project has been completed, creating 40 new shelter units and onsite services to youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation contributed approximately $7.8 million to the project under the National Housing Co-Investment Fund.

BC Housing contributed a grant of approximately $2.5 million and will provide approximately $475,000 in annual operating funding. Covenant House Vancouver contributed approximately $23.66 million in funding, secured through independent donations.

Located at 1280 Seymour St., the 10-storey building will increase available housing for vulnerable youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Phase 1 of this expansion project, completed in 2019, brought 28 units for at-risk youth to 1302 Seymour St., and the final stage will see Covenant House renovating existing space at 326 West Pender St.

The new building contains 40 units, the majority of which will include two beds. When necessary, capacity can be expanded to allow a maximum of 150 spaces overall.

 

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