The Streetohome Foundation was launched in 2008 through an incubation project with the Vancouver Foundation. In 2010, it developed a 10 year plan to guide their efforts. Initially setting a goal of a $26.5 million capital campaign, by 2012 the foundation had raised $28 million. By the end of 2014, the fund will have directly helped over 1700 vulnerable people through new supportive housing and homelessness prevention programs. Streetohome actively identified a need to include Vancouver’s corporate sector in the solution to homelessness and has recruited to its board leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors. Streetohome’s activities include raising funds (with a focus on large gifts), seeking donations of land and buildings, in-kind donations and discounts on materials; facilitating the joint planning of housing and services, contributing expertise to promote innovative financing and construction methods to lower capital costs, promoting public engagement and engaging in research. 100% of the funds received are allocated to supportive housing units and housing provider organizations. Operational costs are funded by the Vancouver Foundation, BC Housing and the City of Vancouver. Streetohome also founded and funds the Vancouver Rent Bank.
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