Supporting Tenants, Enabling Pathways (STEP) is the first program in the province to assist self-identified individuals who are ready to move on with their lives and towards self-sufficiency. This project will provide a means to optimize the use of supportive housing – a limited and expensive community resource – and better steward the generous contributions from Streetohome donors who contributed to the construction of over 1300 new units.
Streetohome Foundation is collaborating with the City of Vancouver, BC Housing and Vancouver Coastal Health to support 100 individuals – currently living in supportive housing – move on to their preferred choice of subsidized, lower-end-of-market or shared housing (preferred by couples and some youth and seniors). The vacated homes will make way for street and sheltered homeless who require the more comprehensive tenant services that are available in supportive housing.
We know there are individuals currently living in supportive housing who are ready to move into more independent housing, but may feel they lack affordable housing options; need financial assistance to pay for expenses associated with independent housing (e.g., first and last month’s rent, modest household furnishings and kitchen essentials), and want to be assured that extra support is available if they encounter challenges along the way.