Ceremony for Fraser Street Project

Vancouver Native Housing Society celebrated with neighbours, dignitaries and guests at the official construction start of their new project at Fraser Street and East Broadway in Vancouver.  The project will offer apartments for residents who are homeless and at risk of homelessness: 69 units for adults and 30 apartments for youth between the ages of 16 and 24.  The site was previously home to the Broadway Youth Resource Centre, operated by Pacific Community Resources Society.  BYRC will return to the site and will offer support services.

Richard George, President of VNHS, described the groundbreaking of this, the Society's eighteenth housing project, "a joyful moment".

Mayor Gregor Robertson stated that "this project gets to the heart of where our toughest challenge is", in providing a safe, supportive environment to Aboriginal youth.  He gave thanks and credit to the surrounding neighbourhood for getting behind the project.

Yosef Spivak, a future resident and self-described "ex-homeless youth, struggling with addictions" accidentally found his way to the Broadway Youth Resource Centre, but discovered a community there.  He could barely contain his excitement for the project to be finished and "they give me my keys".

A welcome and ground blessing ceremony was led by Amanda Nahanee and Squamish First Nation Chief Ian Campbell.