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An Open Letter In Support of Kettle Boffo Partnership

2016 June 9

An Open Letter to City of Vancouver Mayor, Councillors and Community:

Vancouver is facing a housing crisis. Vacancy rates are low, new homes are in short supply, and affordability has become a major issue for renters and homeowners across the housing spectrum. Nowhere is the housing crisis more urgent or the need more desperate, than for marginalized people – including those in our communities living with mental illness.

Over 90 per cent of Vancouver’s homeless population deals with some kind of mental illness and requires housing that offers 24-hour support to meet their unique needs. There are thousands of people currently on waitlists for supportive housing in Vancouver. Most are homeless, live in shelters, SROs (single room occupancy) hotels in the Downtown Eastside or are couch surfing.  Many of these people live in the Grandview Woodland community today.

The Kettle Society has over 40 years of experience working with marginalized people, including those living with mental illness, and The Kettle has an exemplary track record of successfully providing housing to all tenant groups. Together with Boffo Properties, they are seeking to do the same at Commercial and Venables.

The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties have developed a proposal for the Commercial and Venables site that will help to meet the urgent need for supportive housing in Grandview Woodland. The project will create supportive housing units for up to 30 people living with mental illness and other barriers, and will also renew the existing drop-in centre that serves over 150 people in Grandview Woodland every day.

The Kettle Society has been unable to secure funding to rebuild the community centre and there remains a desperate need for additional supportive housing. The partnership between The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties is a viable solution that will allow The Kettle Society to continue providing essential services in Grandview Woodland. The project offers a unique partnership between market and social housing. Without the proposed 12 storeys and the market-housing component of this project, the supportive housing and renewed drop-in facility is not economically viable.

As non-profit housing and service providers, we believe that partnerships and innovative solutions like The Kettle Boffo project are desperately required to address Vancouver’s housing crisis. We are proud to support The Kettle Boffo project, and encourage the community to do the same.

We, the undersigned:

Atira, Janice Abbott, CEO

BC Artscape, Genevieve Bucher, President

BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Kishone Roy, CEO

Coast Mental Health, Darrell Burnham, CEO

Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Calum Scott, Director of Youth Services

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, Lyn Scott, Acting Executive Director

Lookout Emergency Aid Society, Shayne Williams, Executive Director

Lu’ma Native Housing Society, Marcel Swain, CEO

McLaren Housing Society of British Columbia, Kim Stacey, Executive Director

MPA Society, David MacIntyre, Executive Director

RainCity Housing, Greg Richmond, Acting Executive Director

Sanford Housing Society, Allyson Muir, Executive Director

The Bloom Group, Jonathan Oldman, Executive Director

The 127 Society for Housing, Joanne Graham, Executive Director

Urban Native Youth Association, Dena Klashinsky, Executive Director

Vancouver Native Housing Society, David Eddy, CEO

Watari Counselling & Support Service Society, Michelle Fortin, Executive Director­­­

 

To view the above lLetteretter in PDF form, see here: 2016.06.08 FINAL Open Letter


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2018 June 19

June 19, 2018 Dear Kettle Boffo Project supporter – It is with a heavy heart that The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties share some very sad news with you today. Boffo and The Kettle have decided that we will not be moving forward with our proposed project at Commercial and Venables. The reason for ourRead More 

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Grandview Woodland Plan Approved

2016 August 6

On July 28th Vancouver City Council approved the Grandview-Woodland Plan. We are very pleased the plan has been approved and more specifically that the plan includes an amendment to consider up to 12 storeys at Commercial and Venables to fill a funding gap. We thank City Council for their time listening to speakers and CityRead More 

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Draft Grandview Woodland Plan Released

2016 June 28

This past Saturday, June 25, the draft Grandview-Woodland Community Plan was released online for public comment. The Kettle Boffo team is pleased to have a draft plan for the public to review after years of hard work by the City of Vancouver and community members alike. While we’re disappointed with the draft plan’s recommendations forRead More 

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YES to Inclusive Communities

2016 March 31

With our partnership with The Kettle Society, we’re hoping to expand the social services and market housing in Grandview Woodlands. Together we’re hoping to create a more inclusive community. Show your support for our proposed vision at Commercial and Venables with a handmade East Van style button and say YES to inclusive communities in GrandviewRead More 

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Renderings of our vision for Commercial + Venables

2016 March 3

On Thursday February 25th 2016 together The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties jointly released renderings of our vision for Commercial and Venables. Our goal is to create an inclusive community with a mix of market and supportive housing, public gathering space and a new Kettle Centre. For more information, visit www.kettleboffo.com/renderings to see different streetRead More 

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The Kettle Society Presents Art Against Stigma

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I support the Kettle Boffo Project.

By adding your name, you’re showing your support for more supportive housing in Grandview-Woodland, and for a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community.

The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties are working together to build a stronger and more compassionate community that offers a range of housing options, along with additional retail and public gathering spaces.

Show your support today and make your voice heard.

Want to learn more about the project? Contact us anytime.