In 2020, Co:Here Foundation began asking faith communities what support they needed as they considered affordable housing development projects on their land. We then began building a business case, and preparing to scale the organization to offer services to meet the needs that we heard. In January 2021, the Community Housing and Transformation Centre helped us launch our efforts to become a not-for-profit, early stage development consultant specifically for faith-based orgs. In June, Vancity provided additional start-up financial…
Saturday Nov 28, 2020 from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm CoHere Foundation is partnering with CityGate Leadership to host a virtual event designed to prompt imagination for how church communities can respond to the housing crisis. More Information Here. Over the past 7 years, Co:Here has often been asked how such a small faith community carried such a big project. There are many answers but the most notable is that the whole church carried the vision. Grandview Church’s…
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…
In 2018, Co:Here Foundation opened the doors of its first affordable housing project, located on the former parking lot of Grandview Church in Vancouver. The building is designed to foster community and connection and is operated by Salsbury Community Society.
Co:Here Foundation is now growing its capacity to help other faith-communities realize their own housing projects.
Co:Here’s first housing project located in East Vancouver 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. See more
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!