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Daily Hive - Aug28-18

Affordable rental housing for the homeless opens in East Vancouver

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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…

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CdnApt REMI - Aug28-18

Unique affordable rental housing project opens in Vancouver

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Unique affordable rental housing project opens in Vancouver Canadian Apartment A unique affordable rental housing project called Co:Here has officially opened in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive and Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood. The 26-unit building is supported through partnerships between the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, Streetohome Foundation, and many other organizations and individuals. “These new homes represent an innovative approach to supportive housing, with the fostering of a network of support in the building,” said Honourable Shane…

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Regent World - Jun12-18

From Church Parking Lot To Groundbreaking Housing Community

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From Church Parking Lot to Groundbreaking Housing Community By Derek Witten Regent World Co:Here Housing Community Pursues Deep Equality across Socio-Economic Barriers – Clean from hard drugs for two years and living in the brand new Co:Here Housing Community, Todd K’s[i] journey of recovery has been long. He began drinking heavily at fifteen, and was living on the streets of Vancouver with a crack cocaine addiction by twenty-two. He describes the pattern he fell into:…

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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 has built 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.

Financially Sustainable

Upon completion of the $11.9 mllion capital campaign, the building’s rental revenue sustains a balanced budget that includes building maintenance, a support worker 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.