Thank you Surrey,
You make it possible.
Together we continue to make a difference in the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
"What 10 Years of Impact Means to Our Community"
Organizations are able to get new projects initiated. The early funding can provide the foundation, momentum and legitimacy to a new project that will help leverage more substantial funding. (e.g. Housing First Collaborative, E. Fry Shelter Project and Wellness Centre)
The Society is helping flow third party donations from the community to Surrey organizations. (e.g. Bill Reid Shelter, E. Fry Women’s Shelter Amalgamation)
The Society provides organizational assistance when it is needed to get a project off the ground. This is very helpful for organizations that have a big vision but limited resources. (stepped in when Options did not have a Director of Development)
Responsive funding has allowed some organizations to continue operating in the face of funding loss Flexible funding formats is allowing new types of projects to happen (5 year no interest loan to Atira for a property assembly)
The SHHS is a nimble funder – able to provide responsive grants in emergency situations (e.g. Winter Shelter projects)
The Society understands Surrey and why some types of projects are needed. This allows the unique needs of the community to be met. ( Surrey Women’s Centre Mobile service van, Surrey Housing First collaborative)
The Society has promoted and supported increased collaboration and partnering between service providers Very effective; Open, collaborative and creative and easy to work with.
The Society has had some level of impact on every homeless serving agency in Surrey through capital and program funding. At the awards to agencies it is great to see the range of organizations represented.
It has had an impact on large new builds in Surrey ($1 Million to Maxxine Wright and the most recent loan to Atira)
Sometimes SHHS provides the first funding to a project – which gave it credibility or helped with feasibility and sometimes it was the last funder. Sometimes it has been organizations that don’t normally get funding. SHHS fills in the gaps in funding from the Feds and BC Housing. Leaps of faith and local knowledge are key.
SHHS is one of the few voices - Surrey does not have the social/ medical/ health services that Vancouver has.