We recently documented the journey of developing Co:Here Housing, and created a video that tells the story. We hope that sharing our story, will stir the conversation towards building more affordable housing designed for community and belonging in our city. Does your faith community, or not-for-profit have land? Have you thought or dreamed about creating affordable housing as an extension of your organization’s mission? We believe more projects like this are possible, and we want to help them become reality. We are exploring the…
Applications for living at Co:Here housing are available each fall for a two month window. Salsbury Community Society, our building operator, will be accepting applications from September 1 – October 31, 2019. If you know of anyone who is interested in living at Co:Here in the future and would like to add their name to the wait list pool, please encourage them to apply through Salsbury’s website or by contacting the Salsbury Community Society staff.
Affordable rental housing for the homeless opens in East Vancouver By Kenneth Chan Daily Hive Vancouver A 26-unit affordable rental housing project along the Commercial Drive Corridor in East Vancouver officially opened yesterday. Co:Here Housing Community is located within a newly-built, four-storey building at 1723 Victoria Drive – the southwest corner of the intersection of East 1st Avenue and Victoria Drive. It has 18 homes for people who are homeless or are at risk of…
Co:Here is founded on the conviction that people are made for community. Our vision comes from our experience in creating intentional communities and relationships with vulnerable people in our neighbourhood. Co:Here brings together people from different economic backgrounds in a mutually transformative, supportive and nurturing environment that allows vulnerable people to flourish. Residents journey together based on the principles of simplicity, community, respect, empowerment and sustainability.
Co:Here Housing is a four-storey affordable housing building with 26 self-contained units: 18 studios, 4 one bedroom and 4 two bedroom units, large indoor and outdoor community engagement spaces. The design recognizes that space shapes engagement between people.
Designed to facilitate a sense of community, equality, mutual care and companionship, the building includes a community kitchen, large living room and dining area, and meditation room. On each resident floors, apartments have a smaller gathering space, balconies and laundry areas. Outdoor gardens and large patio bring our residents outdoors to grow food, gather and play.
The tenant mix reflects the unique commitments of this approach to housing, ensuring the mutual care and transformation of all involved in this diverse gathering of individuals and families.
Upon completion of the $11.9 mllion capital campaign, the building’s rental revenue sustains a balanced budget that includes building maintenance, a building manager, and replacement reserves.
Sparking The Imagination
Co:Here is sparking the imagination of other faith groups and not-for-profit organizations by encouraging them to explore the possibility of using their property to create affordable housing to support the most vulnerable in their neighbourhoods. Co:Here aspires to be a prototype that can be replicated by other churches, faith groups and non-profit organizations throughout Vancouver and beyond. If your group is interested in pursuing a similar project, please let us know, we would love to connect!