Celebrating 15 Years of Impact!

Celebrating 15 Years of Impact!

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Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society is thrilled to be celebrating 15 years of impact since our initial seed endowment from the City of Surrey in 2007! We are so proud of our partnerships and capacity-building in the homelessness and housing sector in Surrey, BC – and could not have done it without the support of you, our community members and partners.

Highlights from the last 15 years:

  • 2007: The Surrey Homelessness & Housing Fund was seeded with an endowment from the City of Surrey
  • 2008: Our grant program was created in response to the growing need and lack of affordable housing in Surrey
  • 2009: $1M inaugural grant went to Atira Women’s Resource Society to help build the Maxxine Wright Community Health Centre
  • 2010: Ground-breaking on the YWCA Gardens, which created 36 new beds for single mothers and their children
  • 2011: We granted to Options Community Services Society to help enhance their Hyland House with 35 shelter beds and 20 transitional housing units
  • 2012: SHHS helped fund the creation of 16 beds at facilities in Surrey operated by Launching Pad Addiction Rehabilitation Society and Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver
  • 2013: 10 beds were created at Realistic Success Recovery Society’s Trilogy Houses with the support of a grant from SHHS
  • 2014: 40+ youth were supported on their path to adult independence through the Surrey Youth Assistance Fund
  • 2015: 40 extreme weather beds were created for Surrey’s Extreme Weather Response Shelter
  • 2016: 5 units were created for SOS Children’s Village and upgrades to Lookout’s Crawford Manor created 12 new units
  • 2017: Our 10-year anniversary $1M call for proposals funded 8 projects that created 196 new housing units
  • 2018: Over $600,000 was fundraised for Options’s Bill Reid Place Memorial Shelter
  • 2019: Over $1M was fundraised for Elizabeth Fry Society’s Rosewood housing development, which will create 57 units for women and their children once completed
  • 2020: SHHS granted $600,000 to 30 projects in response to COVID-19, which helped community organizations deploy safe food/meal programs, purchase necessary safety equipment and basic needs supplies, provide critical housing loss prevention services or increased housing units, and increase staff capacity
  • 2021: We granted $290,000 to fund 9 projects that address SHHS’s key funding priorities: capital initiatives, innovative projects, and capacity-building initiatives

Over the past 15 years, Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society has been proud to support several community organizations in Surrey that are working to end homelessness and provide safe, accessible, and stable housing for those in need. SHHS has granted over $10M to over 150 projects since its inception.

Grantee organizations from 2007-2022 (in alphabetical order)

For more detailed information about SHHS’s work and impact over the last few years, please read our 2018, 2019 and 2020 Annual Reports. SHHS also released a 10 Years of Impact Report in 2017 detailing our work until that point and the impact of local initiatives that we supported.

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