In 2007, the City of Surrey allocated $9M from the City’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund to seed the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Fund. This was a response to the emerging trend of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in the City of Surrey.
The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Fund is an endowment – meaning the principal amount remains relatively intact. This allows the fund to have greater long-term impact; as the fund grows, the Society will be able to provide more funding to housing and homelessness solutions.
The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Fund is managed by the Vancity Community Foundation on behalf of the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society.
The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society was established by Surrey City Council in 2007. The society oversees the management and growth of the fund, and makes recommendations about the awarding of grants.
The Board of Directors of the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society is made up of diverse stakeholders including representatives from community, business, service, faith groups, local government and labour organizations.
In 2008, we awarded a one-time grant of $1M to The Atira Women’s Resource Society, completing the $17M Atira needed to build Maxxine Wright Place, an 8,000-square-foot community building in the heart of Whalley.
The facility provides services for at-risk women and girls who struggle with substance abuse, mental-health problems and violence. The project includes a shelter, second-stage transition housing, a childcare centre, and a health clinic.