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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.

The 10th Anniversary of the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society (SHHS) presents an opportunity to look back and assess the impact of the Society on people experiencing homelessness as well as the non-profit service sector and the community. It is also a chance to recalibrate and think about how to move forward from this point.

We make a difference in the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Surrey.

"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.

$1M Call for Proposal

On the 10th anniversary of the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society, we applaud the great initiatives that have had a direct impact in reducing and preventing homelessness in Surrey. While we have worked hard, we know we can do more.

That is why we are so pleased to announce that in 2018 we will be awarding $1M to organizations working to reduce homelessness in Surrey. This extraordinary granting amount shows our commitment to working with the community of Surrey to address this critical issue.

Please Donate:

  • 2007

    has recognized

    of the Homeless

    for going above and beyond to help the homeless in Surrey

  • 2008


    for the
    Bill Reid

  • 2009


    to ATIRA
    for Maxxine
    Wright Centre
    new beds

  • 2010

    The YWCA
    broke ground at Alder
    new beds for single mothers and their children

  • 2011

    people including children have been housed

  • 2012

    The Launching
    8 beds created,
    Lookout Society 9 beds created,
    EFRY 8 beds created,
    Total: 25 beds

  • 2013

    Trilogy One
    beds created

  • 2014

    beds created for Youth,
    Over 40 Youth supported through $33K
    in SYAF funding on their path to adult independence

  • 2015

    emergency beds created for the winter shelter,
    beds for Crawford

  • 2016

    additional suits for SOS 28
    new beds for

  • 2017

    shelter, transitional and permanent homes created